Look at what dead, spiritless plastic junk we give our babies, toddlers and young children to play with. It is shocking how these young, impressionable fingers will hold mostly man-made objects for the first days, weeks, months and years of their lives.
That thought worries me as they are from birth disconnected from elemental things – earthy things – mother nature’s feel. How will children grow to respect and value that with which they have never engaged?
We give children lifeless, pre-packaged toys aswell where all the creativity has been done by some invisible others and the only option for creativity is say where a child may make achoice as to what colour jacket to dress her doll with – but as Michael Crawford of “The Case for Making Things with the Hands” correctly points out – making a choice from a pre-selected table of options is not a creative act.
I sense a vacancy in young children’s faces as they gaze at screens – a truly unsettling sight. Where is the wonder? where is the opportunity for immediate and real enchantment with the world of anatural materials?
I hope that children and parents realise that time spent in nature is time spent in the fields of global development of mind, body and spirit.
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