Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Joyce Fetteroll, in response to someone wondering whether boredom or deprivation would increase curiosity:

If all a kid has is rocks and sticks, they'll turn those rocks and sticks into a wide variety of things. If a kid has a Pokemon, it's usually going to be a Pokemon. To see the rich storytelling the child doing, it takes more attention and more understanding of what the child is interested in.

Einstein and Ferrari and e.e. cummings and Steve Jobs didn't build from sticks and stones. They built off of what others had created before. Kids shouldn't have to be made to reinvent story telling because their parents aren't engaged enough to understand what's happening with the Barbies and the Pokemon.
—Joyce Fetteroll

photo by Sandra Dodd
of toys bought at a carboot sale



  1. I had those same block type things! They were lots of fun! (oh, and well said, as always)

  2. I gave that first set away, but I bought another a couple of years ago, for the grandkids to play with when they're over here. They like them. I'm glad I saw them at an underground-carpark carboot sale in Edinburgh long ago. :-)


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