How to Choose Non-Commercial Toys that Promote Creative Free Play this Holiday Season
TRUCE Action Guides: Toys, Media & Children
It’s Black Friday and many parents have holiday gift buying on their minds. The discussion of holiday buying looms large in our community, with folks chatting about buying local, buying handmade, and buying non-commercial.
Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE), a Massachusetts based group of educators concerned about how children’s toys and entertainment are affecting the play and behavior of kids, has a few guides available on media and play that will help aid parents in making informed decisions and choices when it comes to toys that promote creative free play:
Toys, Play & Young Children Action Guide
This guide will help parents and educators promote children’s creative and constructive play, and make informed choices about toys, and work with others at home, school, and in the community to support positive play.
In this guide TRUCE highlights that toys have high play value when they…
- Can be used in many ways.
- Allow children to be in charge of the play.
- Appeal to children at more than one age or level of development.
- Are not linked to video games, computers, TV, or movies.
- Can be used with other toys for new and more complex play.
- Will stand the test of time and continue to be part of play as children develop new interests and
- Promote respectful, non-stereotyped, non-violent interactions among children.
- Help children develop skills important for further learning and a sense of mastery.
- Can be used by children to play alone as well as with others. Can be enjoyed by both girls and boys.
TRUCE invites parents to copy and distribute their guides to help spread the word in your community. Download this guide here:
Infant & Toddler Play, Toys & Media Action Guide
Want to provide your little one with experiences that will enhance healthy play and development? This guide will help you understand why quality play is vital for your child’s growth and what you can do to support it.
In this guide TRUCE warns parents to “Beware of BRANDING! Children’s media characters are often used by marketers on toys, clothing, and foods to capture young children’s attention. Why is this a problem? Whenever kids see it, they want it because it’s familiar. These kinds of licensing agreements, which support branding efforts, can lead to unwise buying choices, unhealthy eating habits and nagging.”
Download this guide here:
To learn more about TRUCE, visit www.truceteachers.org.