Here is another article about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!
A Fairport resident and local toy store owner is working on creating a game based on Rochester’s history.
Meghan Eddy Ludwig has co-owned My Favorite Toy Box with her father James Eddy since 2012. The store, located on Main Street in Fairport, provides Rochester-area residents with a go-to spot for educational toys that are made in the U.S.A.
Eddy Ludwig said that the store’s focus is on toys that don’t have screens or need batteries — something seemingly rare in an age where parents let their young children have iPads instead of imaginative playtime. Even 15 minutes of free play for children has been shown to encourage learning about mathematical and spatial principles.
But now the 42-year-old is working to create a toy of her own: a board game centered around the history and culture of Rochester, NY.
In collaboration with Late for the Sky Production Company, Roc-opoly will be released sometime in November and feature “all things Rochester,” according to an interview Eddy Ludwig did with the Democrat and Chronicle.
“Why not create a game about Rochester?” Ludwig Eddy asked. “There’s so much history here, from Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony to Eastman Kodak, Bausch and Lomb and Xerox to name a few. There’s entertainment to enjoy during all four seasons from apple picking and wine tours to amusement parks and ski resorts. Rochester has so much to boast about.”
But when it comes to education, Rochester may not have much to be proud of.
Of the 10,000 third through eighth graders who took the 2015 English Language Arts Test for the state, just 5% scored at the proficient level; out of around 9,600 students who took the math test, just 7% were rated as proficient.
Both tests revealed that Rochester students’ scores fell well below the state average, and part of those results had to do with the number of students opting out of the exams. Around New York State, an average of 20% of students didn’t take the Common Core tests.
Could having more access to educational toys help Rochester’s children? Eddy Ludwig, who has children of her own, said that too much screen time certainly poses a risk in terms of development.
“Building a tower and tearing it down, reading a book — those things are so important for brain-building and for being successful in life,” she said. “I don’t feel that a lot of screen time offers value to a young person’s life.”