5 Ways Spy Toys can Boost Creative Thinking Skills
Author: Colin Johnstone Date Posted:28 August 2015
Spy toys designed to enhance the senses can be used educationally as well, increasing your child’s ability to see how one item can be used in multiple ways.
Creative thinking is about more than just stepping away from the televisions and electronic devices that seem to occupy so much of kids’ time – it helps develop imaginative and problem solving skills that will last a lifetime. The right toys make it easy to help your kids think creatively – some of the latest high tech spy gear for kids is designed for just that purpose.
Spy toys allow kids to solve every day (or made up) problems in creative ways. Kids can work with spy gear in several distinct ways, either solving everyday mysteries around the home or building intricate storylines and spy scenarios where the hero needs the latest gadgets to survive.
Open ended toys spur creativity in a variety of ways simply by encouraging kids to explore how the piece works, what happens when it is used and what happens when variables are introduced. Spy gear can be used by boys or girls and can work for many different scenarios, and work well for kids playing alone or in groups.
No Existing Storyline
Spy toys are not attached to any particular superhero or kids’ book franchise, making it easy for kids to develop their own story as they play. Branded toys that feature a specific character are fun for kids, but some of the imaginative play is lost, since most children simply regurgitate the scripting and stories that they’ve read or seen on television. Spy toys not only encourage creativity in this area – they demand it, since they come without a pre-designed character or tale. There is no original dialogue to follow or story to mimic, so kids are forced to come up with something new.
Kids that master the use of spy gadgetry for spying on parents and siblings can be challenged afresh by simply turning the toys against them. A spy gadget that detects motion can be used as a puzzle for older kids and enhance those critical thinking skills. Mom or Dad can set up the motion detector to protect an item or space in the home – and challenge the kids to come up with a way to sneak past the alarm, spy movie style.
Spy toys designed to enhance the senses can be used educationally as well, increasing your child’s ability to see how one item can be used in multiple ways. The same night goggles used for a secret agent game indoors can be taken outside at night to observe and capture a glimpse of some of the nighttime creatures and activities around your home. Allowing kids to think “outside of the box” and use the same toy in a variety of ways encourages creative thinking – and gives you more value out of every item you purchase.