This Year's Big Toy: A Cardboard Box!

Well, that's the recommendation from Pediatricians

December 3, 2018

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While I watched a scene in the movie “Instant Family” with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, my head looked like a bobble head because I was seeing things that we have experienced with our kids.

One great scene of truth was when the parents shower their adopted kids with presents on their first Christmas together, only to discover that they are more interested in playing with the cardboard boxes. Yep! I’ve been there after shopping and assembling an awesome gift, kids says “cool a big box!”

And it gets even more real today! On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a harsh rebuke to high-tech holiday gifts, saying that it's better for parents to give small children blocks, puzzles or even cardboard boxes to spark imagination and creativity. “A cardboard box can be used to draw on or made into a house,” said Dr. Alan Mendelsohn.

He goes on to say that parents' main misconception is "the toy that is best is the one that is the most expensive or has the most bells and whistles or is the most technologically sophisticated.” On the contrary, a new report published by the AAP suggests that "heavy use of electronic media may interfere with children’s speech and language development, replace important playtime with parents, and lead to obesity."

Go here if you'd like to read more from the American Academy of Pediatrics