Before having two little boys, I had long since forgotten how important “collecting” is to children. Did you have a sticker collection too? It’s hard to find a child of the 80’s who didn’t!
However, collecting is much more than just assembling like-products. Children’s collections, whether they are stickers, stamps, cars or baseball cards, provide inspiration, knowledge and skills. They give children a sense of responsibility; a justified reason to spend their allowance wisely, and a sense of victory and accomplishment as hard-to-find items are crossed off their collector’s list.
(While I had multiple “Grape Stuff!” jelly on toast stickers, the “Looking Good!” gumball machine Scratch-n-Sniff sticker evaded me. I officially stopped collecting some 30 years ago, and it still bothers me.)
In addition to (obsessively) collecting Disney Cars 1:55 Die Casts by Mattel, the boys have recently started a new collection: Disney Planes 1:55 Die Casts by Mattel.
Yes, they’re based on the most popular characters from the movie, and are perfect for recreating all the great scenes. But if you’re looking at the figurines and thinking, “So What? They’re just planes…” – believe me when I tell you, they’re so much more.
Don’t take my word for it. According to Psychology Today, “Childhood collecting, like all forms of play, exercises critical imaginative and cognitive skills. In collecting (children are) plunged deeply into pattern finding and pattern forming.”
“In each instance, the items collected served as repositories of distributed intelligence. In handling, arranging and classifying concrete objects, animating and empathizing in make-believe adventures, children explore an embodied feel for the logical, narrative and social relationships of abstract knowledge.”
“For a time, the objects that are collected store both the what and the how of inner life as the child learns to think, to imagine and to reflect.”
The Disney Planes 1:55 Die Casts by Mattel feature rolling wheels and moving propellers as well as a universal connector in their belly to attach accessories and play set features. Mattel says: “Kids will want to collect them all!”
Nothing wrong with that.
“From high above the world of CARS flies PLANES, Disney’s action-packed adventure featuring Dusty Crophopper, a big-hearted fast-flying cropduster who dreams of competing in the Wings Around The Globe Rally. The Fisher Price Shake ‘n Go! Dusty Crophopper helps bring this character to life for kids with cool engine sounds, phrases, and shake-and-drive racing action! Shake Dusty to start the “engine”—the longer you shake him, the more his engine roars! Then set him down on the ground and this cool plane takes off, playing sounds and fun movie phrases as he speeds away!”
Were you a collector? Do your kids collect?