Distinguished University Professor Sandra Russ explains how “smart toys” could threaten creative pretend play

The big deal in toys this year? They play back.
Washington PostSandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor, explained how the trend toward “smart toys” might threaten creative pretend play in children. “I think it’s fine to have a story stem or something where kids can make up a lot by themselves,” she said. “If it’s highly mechanized, it’s not helping creativity that much.”