When I was a young lad, my parents, er, Santa got me a Xylophone for Christmas. It was a bunch of metal tubes of varying sizes that lay across some cheap, gray foam complete with two wooden sticks with balls on the end. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but being a young boy, I decided banging on it really hard would be a start.
Excellent choice. Soon, I was pounding out some mega hits like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Row Row Row Your Boat” and any number of my own, personal musical masterpieces. These metal pipes played if you banged them on tile floors, concrete floors or metal bars. You could make music ANYWHERE! Or, as I found out soon enough, anywhere my parents allowed it, which was not tile floors, concrete floors or metal bars.
The simplest toys often bring the most joy, and I worry that kids today will not get a simple Xylophone, an Erector set or a box of Lincoln Logs. I hope parents out there will consider toys like these from time to time and release their imagination.