Childrens Toys

Written by Liza Hartung
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Wouldn't it be great if we could all go back in time and play with children's toys again? I would love to not have to worry about going to work or paying bills and just bust open my toy chest. My toy chest would differ a bit from a child's toy chest today. I wasn't a kid too terribly long ago, but I don't think Teddy Ruxpin is that popular anymore. Although, you could have found plenty of My Little Ponies, and those are still around.

Children can make toys out of anything. A child's imagination is one of the greatest things in this world. I used to take a laundry basket, place it on our little kitchen sink mat, and I was instantly flying on my carpet around the world. Kids can have an absolute blast with just dirt and a pail--or just dirt! It is fun, though, to see some of the children's toys available to kids these days.

Fun with Children's Toys

There are so many toys out there. Some are geared toward girls. Some are geared toward boys. Some are for both. Some are wonderful learning tools while others are just for amusement. Even though I am way past my playing with toys age, I can't help but get overwhelmed in a toy store. When I play with my younger cousins and all of their toys, I have so much fun. Fake grocery food will get me every time, especially when there's a little cash register.

Do you remember playing dress-up? How much fun did we all have digging in some of our parents' old clothes and trying on oversized shirts and dresses? There are plenty of kits now that have a bunch of clothes for dress-up in kids' sizes. They usually come in a little cardboard toy chest. You couldn't have more fun than when you were playing princess or cowboys or cops.

As far as children's toys go, nothing beats taking a Tupperware box, turning it upside down and dumping out all your Legos or Lincoln Logs. As a kid, you just sit there for a few moments and think, "OK, what am I going to do with all of these? What should I build today?" With just those two questions, the most amazing answers can arise. A child may start building with no real plan in mind, and suddenly they've got what they'll tell you is a spaceship that reads grass content on Pluto.

Imagination and Children's Toys

Manufacturers must have a ball making children's toys. Children have an unlimited imagination. They can amuse themselves for hours with almost anything you put in front of them. It is the greatest, however, when toys cater to the imagination. Such toys would be Legos or dolls, chalk or building sets. All of these allow children to create something. They can get a picture in their mind and make their toys become that picture.

A doll becomes an abandoned baby on a doorstep (one of my favorites). Chalk can create hopscotch or the outline of a house. Legos and building sets can make a simple house or gigantic, world-menacing monsters. To see what children come up with is truly amazing and amusing. Children's toys can encourage all kinds of creativity.

Many children's toys are highly educational and should consist of most of the child's array of toys. Obviously, books are great. Even silly books about silly things engage a child in reading and set them up for a later desire to learn and read. There are other fun games such as quiz games, which get the child learning facts about the world at an early age. There are even learning games for babies such as put the cube in the square hole. Toys these days are amazing.


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