Development

A Stitch in Time…

Nostalgic childhood activities and toys are making a comeback. 

“Do you remember the importance of your old toys? They were much more that objects, they were your treasures, your partners and, sometimes, even your friends, they boost your imagination and make you dream about magical adventures….” So says Founder Delfina Aguilar of Fanny & Alexander.fannyandalexander-wooden-toys-6Part of the reason I started this blog is that I see increasingly in my children’s lives that there either isn’t enough time for just being a kid, with school, clubs, homework, play dates and added pressures that come with being in selective schools, or if they do have time they are glued to devices. So when I saw this great article from Petite & Small I thought “Yes!” I wasn’t going crazy in thinking if parents took a step back, to a slower way, a more traditional take on toys and play will not only increase skills but they will be doing something most kids these days aren’t.

“Do you remember the importance of your old toys? They were much more than objects, they were your treasures, your partners and, sometimes, even your friends, they boost your imagination and make you dream about magical adventures…”

This is so true. You had a favorite cuddly toy right? (Post about that coming up soon -watch this space). Tablets don’t soothe you when upset and don’t take kindly to being taken on outdoor adventures to be thrown around. But beyond the wooden toys I was delighted to find the above cross-stitch kit, as this was one of the activities I did as a child and requires developmental skills of concentration, precision, patience and dexterity but is so satisfying when completed. I had quite the collection, got quite competitive about it apparently and my Auntie bought me more and more intricate kits. It’s not just for olds. Do click on the link – nostalgic it may be but increasingly relevant and welcomed.

(Image of gorgeous Cunning Fox cross stitch kit from Fanny & Alexander, Argentina).

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