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The Evolutionary Progress of Kids’ Games

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Listen, I’m not one of those old men sitting in his boxers on the porch spraying people with a hose as they walk all over his lawn.

Okay, fine.

I am, but with that completely aside, are kids today too coddled and catered to? I think the answer is “yes” and now I have unequivocal proof that today’s children are mindless zombies affixed with tractor beams from screens, electrical doo-hickey-hoosamawhatchits producing people incapable of imagination without intense amounts of stimulus.

To wit:

Back in my day, we only needed pieces of crappy foam packaged in a box and sold at 4000% markup with a cool commercial to get us excited. Sure, animals and young children probably choked on them, and no one really knew what their true purpose was, but they didn’t require overnight charging nor the downloading of in-app purchases.

No, these pieces of rubbish flew off the shelves because they held the promise of something fun with minimal setup. We had a hundred ideas for their use before we even held them in our hands. Was the toymaker unethical for packaging nothing and selling it for everything? Sure. But toys were less treasure and more trinket back then.

Did you have a favorite toy from your childhood? Post your favorite in the comments!


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4 Responses to “The Evolutionary Progress of Kids’ Games”

  1. Arzie says:

    I cant remember the name but it was a car that was powered by air pressure that you put into its tank with a pump. played with that thing for hours!

  2. Joanna says:

    OMG, you could put someone’s eye out with those things! Great, now I sound like my freakin’ mother! Dammit!

  3. Robert says:

    I’ve actually been on one lately about the way kids are addicted to technology lately. And as much as I don’t want to be that old “fuddy duddy,” it seems as if I’m teetering in that line.

    I want to play with all the new toys that require app downloads, but I don’t want kids too…. Ha


  4. RookieDad says:

    As a child, I was entertained for hours by a simple View-Master. I loved that thing! It’s actually the first toy I bought by son, 5 months before he was born. Even though our son is just approaching two days old, I can’t wait to show it to him when he is old enough.

    I get that parents have to fight the convenience of using electronics to keep their children occupied, but we are going to try as long as we can to avoid that trap. Here’s to fighting the good fight.

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