Kids these days have so many electronic toys it’s possible to grow up without ever discovering the best toy in the world, the tin can telephone. Moms and Dads, take note! Lots of science-types agree that kids will remember a toy you build with them years after they have forgotten the latest plastic gizmo. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
In fact, there are several reasons, the major one being that telephones completely remove any visual cues from the process of communication. Not only do we read emotional content off the posture of a speaker’s body and face, but language comprehension is aided by a subtle form of lip reading.