I have long believed that toys help create the future by
shaping the people who live in it. In
other words, if a toy in childhood helps determine your profession, scholarship
and / or passion in life; it will, in your adult life, have a direct impact on
you, those around you and the society at large.
Now, according to an article in Progressive Preschool,
“Starting Early,” there is a study that supports this notion. British retailer, Argos, joined with
researchers to analyze the correlation between play and profession. According to the article, “Results
demonstrated a clear correlation between the play that adults enjoyed as
children and their current careers.”
The article goes on to state: “Over 60% of adults working in design-led
jobs (architects and designers) reported enjoyed playing with building blocks;
while 66% of those in maths related roles (accountants and bankers) couldn’t
get enough of puzzle play.”
The article ends by noting that 10% of parents purchase toys
with an eye towards a career path. Isn’t
that a little low? If play has such a
major impact, shouldn’t parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles be taking play
a little more seriously; shouldn’t we?
Thank you to my
friend, Nancy Davies of Interplay, for this great article.