Wow! its nearly christmas. Like many parents i've been spending a small fortune on christmas presents for the kids.
So which of the presents will make it past the turkey and why? Is it time for a sweap stake?
The wisdom in Buzan's "Brain Child" suggests that electronic games with limited possibilities are likely to fall by the way side while games with a multitude of possibilities including cardboard boxes will capture the imagination.
Here is my opinion of what makes a ludic toy
* useful out of the box
* no need to read the manual to get started... five year olds cant read
* provides options beyond the initial basic use
* is not constrained by its form... A car is always a car but a stick can be a lightsaber etc.
* learining is rewarded