The Idling, Eco Car

In light of the holidays approaching, my plan was to buy all eco-friendly toys for my grandson this year.  So in order to find out what sort of things caught his eye, I took him to a local department store the other day.  On the shelf I found a small, handmade wooden car with no bells and whistles or a remote control.  I handed it to him.  With lack of enthusiasm he gave it a gentle shake and said, “Grandma, I think this car needs new batteries.”  When I told him the car doesn’t have batteries he then asked,  “Well, what does it do?”  “You’re supposed to make it go by itself,” I said.  “Oh,” he replied putting the car back.  I found this puzzling since he plays with his Hot Wheels cars with no problem.  He even makes the sounds of revving engines and artificial dispatch calls.  So what gives??  Granted the little, wooden car didn’t have chrome or decal flames but I’m sure it could still travel at the same child propelled speed!  So if I were to put a group of children in a room with nothing but eco-friendly toys would their style of play become different?  In third world countries children make their own toys.  Maybe if I were to toss Rylan into a melting pot of a third world play group things would be different.  I know he has an imagination…I just don’t want it to become stagnant.  And I hope he’ll be more happy with the Fat Brain Marble Run that I purchased more than he would with a little, wooden car.

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