UPDATED: Empowered Kids Corner: Unconventional Toys


Derick, two years old with great passion for electrical things.

While other kids are playing with toy trucks and action figures, he on the other hand likes to tinker with  fans,  extension wires, and other electrical devices.  At the supermarket, he gets really fascinated with “electrical fans”, and would rather stay there than explore the toy section.

He has other “normal” toys, but his everyday favorites are broken electrical fan, extension wire, electronic mouse, and vacuum pipe.  Among all of these his greatest favorite is the electrical fan. Who says toys are only those sold at toys stores.  For Derick, this broken fan is a toy, it is in fact an educational toy.

quite eccentric huh ^_^….

Is this a foresight of his profession or career in the future?  What do you think?

What I know is that his passion over these things is simply overwhelming.


Kids learn best through play. Play may seems trivial to uninformed individuals but it plays an extremely important factor in a child’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.  As a parent, I have observed these from my very own kids.  Their personalities are developed, and they learn to interact with others through play.  They learn to express themselves, rationalize and reason out.  More, they acquire and develop a degree of linguistic understanding which together with other factors like media, parental interaction, and school, they are able to form a rather complex linguistic expressions.  In fact they experiment on words.  For example, in the midst of pretend play, my son was groping for words to use and having found none, he just simply explained “it is so hurty”.  Aside from this, they learn how to solve and resolve situational problems during role-play and imaginative play which they would eventually used in real world circumstances.

Through play, children learn interpersonal skills like empathy and sympathy. In this modern era of gadgetry where gadgets are making people indifferent, interpersonal skills are undeveloped, rare and yet ironically very vital.  We as parents must find the balance, while these technology have become an everyday household, playing with other kids is still incomparable.

Life skills are another set of significant developmental tasks children have to learn.  These skills are associated with how well we live life in the future.  These have been related to how well one manages oneself in studies, and workplace. For kids tying shoes, folding laundries, study habit, cleaning ones room and the likes are simple life skills that instills life long values which could later on translate to having organizing, management, relational, and personal skills.

Without a doubt play is an essential in growing up.  If you take away play, then you don’t only deny children their childhood you are also taking away from them their future.


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Derick’s New Toy

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My Derick has just turned one year old.  We bought him a Neo sorter toy by Wonderworld, Thailand.

It says;  it develops the visual-spatial and logical skills of the child.  I like that! Learning while playing.   Aside from this, it is also made from old rubber trees that do not produce latex anymore.    The paint or color used on the box is made from water-based paint.   The whole packaging including the box itself is made from 70 percent recycled paper..   Although, it is expensive based on my standard, I thought it was a good buy.  It is durable. Most all, it is eco-friendly and educational.  For me, we should not only think of things that will give our kids immediate happiness.  But we should also think and do whatever we can to help them have a quality future.

At this point, Derick nibbles on the geometric shapes, and throws them around.  It’s Summer who enjoys playing with it.


What toys did you give your kids when they were 1?