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Old Toys & Math

The question posed was interesting: Will videogames bring an end to traditional toys? Reggie Fils-Aime, a Nintendo executive, basically said no, based on the fact that the cardboard box was just inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

This last note caught my curiosity.....what toys would be honored by being in such a Hall? So, I visited its website...and what a nice walk through memories. All of my old frends were there--Tinkertoys, checkers, marbles, Etch-a-Sketch, jigsaw puzzles, Slinky, Erector Set, Scrabble, Monopoly, the Frisbee, and many others.

One constant thought pervaded the memories raised by each toy--I learned alot of good mathematics playing with these toys: angles, geometrical shapes, reasoning, patterning, strategies, curves, etc. And playing with a cardboard box... the need to be creative and to visualize should be enough!

Source: Wired, Feb. 2006