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Monday, December 13, 2010

No DS or PSP?? ... No Worries!

In this modern age of computers, gadgets, virtual and cyber toys, it's quite impossible not to get in the trend.  My son Rapha would always ask when is he worth getting a DS or PSP or maybe a Wii, and a lot of times, I have been tempted to get him one, especially when he's been really a good boy and does well in school.  But then again, I know that it's not the best toy for him (that's my personal opinion, of course.).  If those hi-tech toys start finding their way in our home, what would happen to Rapha's arts and crafts?  What would happen with his recycling?  His little fingers might stop being creative, they might forget how to cut, saw, fold and twist.  His eyes might stop finding the beauty on used cartons, cups, boxes and papers.   He might stop being creative and imaginative and worst of all, he might stop bringing me paper flowers.  No!!!  I won't let that happen.  We survived the no TV and computer on weekdays policy.  Our family believes that books are necessary, store bought toys are luxury.    It would be a shame not to continue practicing what we have started.  What do you think?  Will I be getting the 'Most Uncool Mom' award for not buying a DS or PSP for my children?  
These are some of Rapha's recent projects.  The blue monster made out of brown paper bag.  Paper plate plus yarn equals a dream catcher.  Worry doll made of yarn and clothespin.  Scrap paper, straw and paper cup becomes a Vietnamese (don't ask me why he chose it to be Vietnamese!) dragon. 
Rapha said he's going to make me my own worry doll so I can also tuck it in my pillow at night and it will take away all my worries.   I think that would be one of my special gift this Xmas and I can't wait!  It will be magical to have a little clothespin wrapped with yarn do its work in vanishing all my worries!  Now that deserves the 'Coolest Toy Award!'  Won't you agree? :-)  Do you have similar toys like these at home?  Maybe you can share them here at 40andbeyond.  Have a worry-free week ahead of you, my dear readers!

I would love to hear your thoughts!


  1. He sounds like a really sweet boy Irene and very clever. My son has Xbox and he has to be torn away from it but he still enjoys being creative as long as they are limited to how long they spend on them. The wii is fun we play that as a family they have lots of interactive games but its a saturday night thing as a family not every night of the week. x

  2. Dear Irene,
    My blog has been hacked and I cant sign in to any. Even the one from my CATwife in Sing is all gone!! I hope you can appeal to blogger to let it come back.. All my memories are gone:-(
    I am so sad! Thank you mia

  3. It's my first time to visit your blog, and I love reading your posts. You have a lovely family.

  4. Hi Irene,

    Wow your son is amazing!!! I salute you for going the other way when it comes to technology and all these toys and gadgets. I appreciate them but I value the 'old school' kind of creativity more. Keep it up! Oh and I love the worry doll idea. I might need one myself!

    Happy Christmas to you and your family!


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