Cool Toys for Kids (and parents too)
by Jane Day Rasmussen
I love toys. Sometimes I wonder if I had a child just so I could relive my passion for playing with Play-Doh, beating the pants off someone in a board game or constructing anything with Legos.
I spend a lot of time searching for the best toy I think my 3-year old son, Jake, will enjoy. I am often on the quest for the coolest gift at a birthday party, or for my latest obsession: toys my 2Â½-year old twin nieces, Dinah and Djuna, will get a kick out of.
I tend to discriminate when it comes to toy shopping, because everyone knows: there is a lot out to choose from out there. I look for toys that are fun as well as ones that offer some type of learning component, whether it is color or letter recognition, hand-eye coordination, or something that encourages imaginative play. The toys I select must be well made and constructed to stand up to normal wear and tear. The cutest toy that has parts that break off only causes a child frustration and has me at the return counter all too soon. Toys that are more interesting to my family and me are also less complicated â€“ lots of intricate buttons or game pieces that could get lost are not realistic for a family constantly on the move. Perhaps most importantly, the toy must be a good perceived value â€“ after all, who has money to waste on toys?
So, if this sounds like what youâ€™d like in a toy for your child (or secretly for yourself) then read on. Weâ€™ve tested all the toys reviewed and/or talked to parents/kids who have. All the products reviewed will always be appropriate for either gender, because while I do discriminate when selecting toys, I donâ€™t discriminate when it comes to having fun, regardless of oneâ€™s gender. Thereâ€™s plenty of time for that later in the real world. And donâ€™t forget to let me know what you think. Because if I donâ€™t know about/have the coolest toy out there, then I obviously have more work — I mean playing — to do â€¦
If you too have got some serious playing to do, then read on.
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