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‘They want toys to get their children into Harvard': have we been getting playthings all wrong?

11 days ago   |   By The Guardian

For decades we've been using toys to cram learning into playtime - and toys have been marketed as tools to turn children into prosperous, high-achieving adults. Is it time for a rethink? The week my eldest son finished nursery, I decided to clear out the playroom where he had spent much of his young life forming bonds with inanimate objects. Toys had kept him company whenever other duties or distractions had occupied his mother and me, and over the years we had amassed a truly crass number of them. As I sifted through pile after pile, I felt as though I was in the pit of an immense...
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