A friend's Star Wars collection may just look like a pile of toys to you. But it's doing more than gathering dust.Collector's possess a wide range of skills and qualities and being a Collector enhances these skills !!!
Just have a read of this fetting quote I discovered ...
"When a child collects things, it teaches them important skills that they'll use throughout their life, including how to organize and interact with others"
Desmond Kelly (a developmental-behavioural paediatrician at All Kinds of Minds in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)
The institute, affiliated with the University of North Carolina, is dedicated to studying how people learn !!!
Suddenly, us Star Wars fans have some ammunition to justify our Star Wars collections to "the Darth" !!!!!
Here's a look at what skills collectors develop.
Personal responsibility. When it comes to a child's prized collection, you're likely to see some impressive "care and feeding." Kids often become interested in collecting around age 5, with many becoming completely intrigued with a particular collectible — be it seashells or stickers — between ages 6 and 8. It's pretty common for kids to spend hours arranging their collection and reading about the items, as well as talking about them with friends and family.Often these collections continue into adulthood.
A knack for organization. Any zookeeper will tell you: If you've got a herd, gaggle, or troop of animals to house, you've got a lot of organizing to do. And that goes for the collector as well. Nearly always collections are well organized into specific sections. So not only are they organizing, they are also categorizing.
Mathematical skills. Whether your child is collection is baseball cards or rocks, it's a pretty good bet that the collector will know the exact number in their collection. They may spend a lot of time grouping them into various categories: years, types, themes etc. This requires counting, tabulating, and sorting.
Reading skills: A child with a passion for dinosaurs who collects plastic models will also want to know when Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the earth, and whether T. rex was a carnivore or an herbivore. And that means trips to the library and to the bookstore.
Social skills. While your child is negotiating a card trade or informing a classmate about the new addition to their action figure collection, they are inspired to interact with other children. A collection can be a great way to boost self-esteem, as well as serve as a smooth entry into friendships. If your child is new to a school or neighborhood, discussing their trading card collecting can be a great ice-breaker. Meeting kids who share a similar interest could mean they also found new buddies.
Budgeting skills. "Collectibles are a great way for kids to learn how to manage money," says Janet Bodnar, executive editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and author of Dollars & Sense for Kids. "If children are expected to pay for collectibles out of their allowance, they have to make decisions about how much they're going to spend — they're learning how to budget."
As the proud founder of the New Jedi Order ... it's good to know that collecting Star Wars merchandise (as most of the NJO do) is such a healthy way to spend our time !!!!!!
MTFBWY always !!!!!!