In my last article, I wrote about the large number of play platforms that the toy industry has from which to draw. A deck of cards, a checker board or a bag of marbles contains the basis for a staggering number of games. Why, however, are these platforms given so little respect?
In my experience, when I walk into a toy store or toy department these products are never prominently displayed. With some effort, I can find a bag of marbles, a checker board, and a box of clay, pipe cleaners, dice or a ball located in some obscure part of the store. The reason for this is that they are largely seen as low priced, low value commodities.
When we fail to honor our very best we fail to honor our entire industry. What about celebrating these play platforms by making them in higher quality versions with a website that communicates the games that can be played? And while we’re at it, why not make these websites communities where young and old can share the many ways they use them?
What do you think?