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Dora the Explorer Toy Cell Phone: A Responsible Choice?

Sep 11, 2008
Ever since children have been around so have toys. Toys spark the imagination, allow children to learn new things and give them the freedom to explore their individuality.

Thousands of new toys are developed every year to excite the masses and old favorites are continually re-invented for the new generation.

One thing that has never changed though when it comes to kids and playtime is the desire to mimic what Mom or Dad might be doing. Children love to do the same things they see adults doing and this is reflected in the design of toys and their popularity.

In the past it was the toy toolbox or the doctors kit that captured the young ones attention. What child didn't love to pretend they were saving lives or building forts? Even today these items are reliable sellers for toy manufacturers.

Now in the 21st Century we have baby computers and tiny, toddler cell phones to keep our tots amused and excited about the world around them.

Controversy Strikes

Since these new techno toys have appeared on the market there has been a backlash in the media from some parents and teachers. They believe toy cell phones promote consumerism and make children act too adult. There is a definite notion out there that by letting your child play with a toy cell phone you are encouraging adult behavior and somehow ruining your child's innocent play.

But when have children not wanted to act like adults?

In the past we have bought them toy cars, baby dolls that need diaper changes and regular feeding, easy bake ovens, tractors, police badges and nurses uniforms.

How are toy cell phones any different?

In fact children have had toy phones to play with almost since they were invented. Most adults can remember playing with one as a young child.

The telephone has always held a special fascination for children because of its ability to communicate with others. This desire to communicate with the outside world is a healthy and natural drive that almost all humans have. We like to talk to each other even if it's in our imagination as children.

Toy cell phones are just the natural toy progression for the new millennium.

Dora The Explorer

One of the most popular children's cell phones this season is the Dora The Explorer toy cell phone. Based on the Nickelodeon television show of the same name it is a definite favorite.

Dora is a cartoon heroine who sets out on adventures with her friends and by using her trusty map finds what she is looking for and helps people along the way. She also teaches children Spanish and this bilingual aspect is built into the Dora The Explorer cell phone. Other cool features are the ability to program your child's name into the phone so Dora can ask them personally for help on her missions.

The phones can be bought separately or as part of a book package or game.

Dora is a good role model for children to emulate, as she inspires kids to explore the world around them, both culturally and geographically. This is but one reason why the Dora The Explorer cell phone is a fun toy for children.

Toys In The New Millennia

Toys are constantly changing as the world around us changes. When new technologies come along they inevitably find their way into a brightly colored toy format.

This is because toys are not just fun but a way for children to understand the social environment that they live in.

Most kids just want to play grown-up.
About the Author
Mastermind Educational Children's Toys, the online specialty toy store, carries all educational Dora the Explorer toys.
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