Goodie, goodie, gumdrops...these toy picks bring me back to my childhood holidays when Christmas morning was a magical, mind-blowing occasion for me and my three siblings. There were the toys we asked for (thanks to the brainwashing effects of Saturday morning cartoon commercials) and the true surprises--gifts we hadn't circled in catalogues or ogled on superstore shelves. Most of the time, these were the toys that stood the test of time and logged hours of playtime well into the New Year.
The best toys, I think, are the ones that encourage a dynamic play experience. So, with this in mind, here are a few suggestions for your family:
Giant Archiquest Cardboard Blocks
Ages 3 and up
These oversized blocks offer kids the opportunity to interact with their biggest construction projects. Giant blocks are made of cardboard so they're lightweight but extremely durable to hold up to years of play. Each is printed with detailed architectural designs of European castles and buildings. Includes 48 blocks.
Wok and Roll Stir Fry Set
Tin Can Robot
Ages 8 and up
It's amazing what you can build with common items found around the house and a little imagination. This kit turns an aluminum can into a walking, wobbling, googly-eyed robot. A fun project for parents and kids to create together.
Kids City Walks
Ages 10 and up
A Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Winner. With over 750 Projects, this set includes special software that allows you to "see" the electrical signals in the circuits, just like electronics engineers do using oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers. Kids can engineer over 750 exciting, useful electronic gadgets and play lively electronic games.
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Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools