Tell me about toys 

Recently been thinking about the concept of a "toy", and toy design. What makes a toy a toy? What makes a toy a good toy? When does a toy stop being a toy and starting being something else?

Tell me about toys 

@paul Maybe you can separate toys by a function like play from other functions like work which I associate more with tools.

Tell me about toys 

@sozialwelten yeah that's a good starting point. tools vs toys is a relationship I've been particularly interested in.

elaborating on what is meant by "play", and coming up with subcategories would seem to be a good next thing to chew on.

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Tell me about toys 

@paul @sozialwelten Interesting, so homo ludens uses toys, while homo faber uses tools. Perhaps play is activity that has its end in itself, and that's the kind of activity that toys afford. Tools, in contrast, are a means to an end, they afford goal-oriented activity.

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