Design children.”, 3 October 2013,

Design Technology


Why are old school toys better than digital toys for kids?

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Type of source

MLA citation

Reason why it is better


“The different benefits of both electronic and traditional children’s toys.” ODYSSEY,

Thinking ability (imagination/creative thinking)


“Non-digital toys & their benefits for your kids.”, 2018,


Lee, Hannah. 16 January 2018.


“7 benefits of buying educational toys for your children.” Ebay,27 May 2016,

Positive attitude towards learning (early development towards learning)


“Educational benefits of providing toys to children.” Child development institute,


Fisher, Jordyn. “Developmental benefits of toys for young children.”, 3 October 2013,

Problem solving skills


Davis, Janice. “Why are puzzles so good for kids learning?” Learning 4 Kids, 21 Feb. 2012,


Primary source interview: with mom, 16/Jan/2018

ME: Do you think old school toys help young kids learn better than electronic toys? 

MOM: yes, they help kids’ growth.

ME: why do you think that?

MOM: they give more opportunities for kids to think, and put it into action.

ME: Can you give me some examples from real life where little kids can learn from toys?

MOM: When kids roleplay with dolls, they communicate with each other. When solving puzzles, they need to think which piece goes in which area.

ME: What skills might be helpful for little kids?

MOM: communication skills, imagination, patience, and creative thinking.

ME: Why do you think those skills are important?

MOM: those skills are the basic skills used in everyday life when they grow up. If we cannot communicate with another, people will not want to work with us. They will want to interact with us, but it is going to be less effective towards communications. We always need imagination and creative thinking skills when we create something. Even if we don’t create anything, creative thinking and imagination might also appear in solving math problems. Other people might solve it in this way, but we can always solve it with a different method. Also, if we are not patient, a lot of people might not like us, because we just can’t wait for anything. We should know how to wait for something and we should be able to wait for something.



4 Main Types of Motion:

–          Rotary motion: motion in circle, having an axis


–          Linear motion: motion of an object moving in a straight path or line

–          Reciprocating motion: motion of moving forward and backwards in a straight line


–          Oscillating motion: motion of swinging from side to side


Part 2.

3 paragraphs with in-text citations

            There are a lot of old school toys around the world to help kids gain their thinking ability. Even though electronic toys have developed so much comparing to the past, a lot of us still use old school, physical toys to pre-educate our children. For example, alphabet blocks can help kids grow their thinking ability. Alphabet blocks not only teach them alphabets, but kids also can build the blocks and create something and learn colors from it (“Non-digital toys & their benefits for your kids”). Most electronic toys are structured so that kids can get satisfied from them winning the game and get their self-esteem higher. Electronic toys mostly have rules for a game, but when kids are using physical toys, they can use their imagination and create a game, roleplay, or create rules by themselves.

            Secondly, physical toys help young kids have positive attitudes towards learning. While playing with a toy, the kid will learn and understand how to play with it. According to, it is written that physical toys help young kid’s “literacy, memory retention, motor skills, hand eye coordination” (“7 benefits of buying educational toys for your children”). When learning becomes a daily basis for children, it is more likely for them to think that learning is fun, not a thing that they do not want to do. Meaning that if children play with the toy for a long time, they will be able to understand more specifically and learn in an effective way. says “Every new shape, color, texture, taste and sound is a learning experience for them” (“Educational benefits of providing toys to children”). Physical toys can help kids experience new stuff easily and in a fun way.

            Lastly, physical toys can help improve little kid’s problem-solving skills. Physical toys such as Lego or stacking blocks improve little children’s problem-solving skills (Fisher, Jordyn). They try to figure out which piece can fit in which area, which causes children to think. Also, puzzles can help increase children’s problem-solving skill and knowledge (Davis, Janice). Children try very hard to find out the right piece of puzzle fitting in a certain area. Children who got pre-educated in their problem-solving skills are more likely to easily solve a problem when they grow up, because the children already had experienced so many times of solving problems.


Part 3. Analyzing wooden toys

Toy: wooden building blocks




– Attracts children’s attention by using color
– children can be creative (they can build anything they want)
– children can communicate with each other (playing with this together)
– learn how to build what they want (problem solving skills)

– the edges of the toys can be sharp (children might get hurt)
– pieces might get lost and children will have to build things with limited blocks
– there might be specific colors that are not enough when children are looking for it
– it might be difficult for small children because babies do not know how to build things
– the toy might be too heavy for children to carry and build

– make the edges a bit rounder so that there are no edges that are too pointy 
– have a container to put all the pieces in and keep it
– it should have some more pieces of each color
– make the toy using light wood (however, should be heavy enough to be stable and buildable)



Toy: wooden teddy bear





– children will like it because it is cute (looks like an actual teddy bear)
– the toy can do various motions by moving the arms, legs, and face around
– children can play with their friends with this (roleplaying, communication skills)
– children can roleplay as if the teddy was a baby and the kid as a parent (might benefit in independence skills)

– doesn’t have an attractive color (doesn’t draw kids’ attention)
– the body parts might get separated
– the toy might be too heavy for children to carry around with
– the body parts (arms, legs, head) might be too stiff to move

– paint the toy in a more interesting but nature-like color  
– should make sure that the joints inside are strong enough so that they won’t get separated 
– use light wood or make the outside layer wood but the inside with a different material (however should be heave enough to be stable and buildable)
– the joints should be easy to move but strong enough so that it the joints wouldn’t get separated

Design brief

Target Consumer

Kindy children and their parents or teachers working in schools, communities, kinder gardens, etc.

Problem Statement

Electronic toys can be beneficial in some way, but children now days are so into electronic games that they have hard time developing their thinking ability, problem solving skills, and they do not want to learn. Learning for them is something not fun which they avoid doing. However, educational toys can make kids find learning fun. Also, by creating a positive attitude towards learning gives a step further of easily learning new things, which other kids might find boring, and educational toys can help little children develop their basic skills in life in an easier way.

Design Statement

I am going to make a wooden truck colored with primary colors so that it is eye-catching and attractive. Children can develop their imagination, communication, and creative thinking skills by discovering what they can do with the truck, how they can play with one another using the truck, and more on. By children playing with a truck together, they develop communication skills, through deciding with each other about their roles in what they are playing.

8 Requirements

–          Eye-catching to children and parents
–          Educational
–          Safe (i.e. big enough pieces, smooth edges, no sharp ends, etc.)
–          Light enough but stable
–          Should give room for communication, imagination, etc.
–          Child should want to play with it more than once
–          Pieces should be big enough so that children will not be able to swallow any dangerous parts of the toy
–          Wheels should be able to roll smoothly