We have got SO many toys in our house. I come from a huge family and the gift exchange at birthdays and Christmas gets a little cray-cray. I will admit that I get sucked into it all too. I’ve been that person who is staggering around the shops with an overloaded trolley and a crazed look in their eyes.
Sometimes it can all get a little overwhelming when I’m staring at rows and rows of toys and trying to decide what to buy. Especially when one kid is pulling on my leg while another kid is screaming in my ear. So there are a few simple things that I try to keep in mind when looking for the best toys for the littlies in my life:
Super Simple Toy Box Essentials Checklist
» Long lasting
Good toys last the distance. They can take slobbering, banging, riding and lots and lots and lots of play. There is nothing worse that a child happily playing away with their new toy, only for the wheels to fall off on the first go. Cue the tears!
The best toys provide a bit of a challenge. Not too much – just enough to keep children wanting more. Kids like to feel good at stuff, but if it’s too easy then they will just get bored and move on to something else.
» Able to be used in more ways than one
Kids are pretty good at finding inventive ways of using toys, and the best toys give kids lots of options for different play. Pebble used to love her Rock-a-Stack – not just for stacking but for dolls crowns, bracelets, swimming rings, pretend donuts, colour sorting and matching. Great toys kick start the imagination.
» Good value
Good value does not mean cheap. Cheap toys will lead to tears (see my first point!). Good value means that it ticks all the other points on this checklist AND is affordable.
This is why I’m so excited to be a Play Ambassador for Fisher-Price. Not only do their toys tick all the boxes but they also offer a mix of classic toys, like the Fisher-Price Chatter Phone, and new technology, like the Fisher-Price Apptivity Storybook Reader. With over 80 years in the toy making business, Fisher-Price toys have been much loved in toy boxes over generations. Do you remember playing with these classics when you were a kid?
Super big thanks to Octavia and Vicky fans and friends for sharing their photos of their children (and husband!). (1) Kelly’s baby boy, Alexander. (2) Fiona’s baby boy. (3) Katey’s husband (now 34 years old!). Check out Katey’s blog -> Playing and Learning Begins at Home. (4) Christie’s daughter, AJ. Visit Christie’s blog -> Childhood 101.
And guess what, you lucky ducks? Thanks to Fisher-Price I’m giving away over $150 worth of toy box essentials to one happy reader. This box of awesome will include 1 x Rock-A-Stack, 1 x Chatter Phone, 1 x Laugh & Learn Apptivity Storybook Reader, 1 x Giggle Gang, 1 x Love to Play Sis and 1 x Laugh and Learn Puppy.
To enter please leave a comment on this post sharing your child’s most loved toy.
Conditions of entry:
- Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality.
- You may enter as many times as you like.
- Australian entries only (sorry international readers!)
- The winner will be notified by email. Please leave your email address when entering your comment.
- The winner must claim their prize within 14 days of notification or forfeit the prize.
- Competition ends Wednesday, 7 August 2013, midnight AEST.
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