Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Favorite Toys

In this day and age where practically everything runs on some sort of electricity, I've taken a special liking to toys that run, not on batteries, but on the children's imagination.

They say that the best toys are those that do not do anything on their own, and I agree.  And I kinda think that my kids approve as well.  Their building blocks, wooden blocks, puzzles and smart cubes are their constant favorites and they never seem to run out of ideas playing with them.  Never mind if they've had these since they were a year old - they never seem to go out of style.  Battery operated toys often loose their calling after a while and more often than not, we end up with corroded batteries.

Stuffed toys?  Please, give us a break!!!  I have half the mind to donate their stuffed animals because of all the dust that they accumulate (hello allergies!) except that I'm forced to keep them for now for sentimental reasons.  We have tons of elephants right now that even I can't seem to part with.  So for now, I will have to make do with keeping them in a large plastic bin until I finally figure out what to do with them.

Meanwhile, I'm dreaming of adding more to their collections.  I wouldn't mind adding their sets of building blocks, Legos and puzzle sets (the more the merrier!) because every time they start playing with it, they keep coming up with more and more imaginative ways to build and create.

smart cubes, construction toys, legos, puzzles and any kind of wooden blocks
never go out of style as far as these 2 are concerned

magnetic alphabets come in handy not only to teach spelling and reading but also for sorting excercises

shape sorters can teach you shapes, colors, patters while developing motor skills.
OC Alert! Notice how someone has to make sure that the shapes are all aligned

wooden/plastic puzzles - it doesn't matter if they are the cheap ones from Divi, my kids can play with these for hours

from developing creativity to problem solving to motor skills - all in just one toy

Christmas is fast approaching... what about you?  What's your favorite toys?

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