Study: Old School Toys Are Better For Toddlers Than High-Tech Gadgets

You might have a toddler that is better at using an iPad than you are, but that doesn’t mean old school toys are becoming obsolete. In fact, a new report from researchers at New York University’s Langone Health finds that rather than high-tech toys, the best toys parents can buy for their kids are simpler, hand-on toys that parents and kids can play with together. Study co-author Dr. Alan Mendelsohn says, “[For example] a cardboard box can be used to draw on, or made into a house. […] A bit of screen time here and there is unlikely to have much harm if a child otherwise has other activity.” The American Academy of Pediatrics published this study and cites other studies that suggest the heavy use of electronic media may interfere with children’s speech and language development, replace important playtime with parents, and lead to obesity.