Pierretta Laurine May 1, 2021 Kids Toys
Gone are the days when children enjoyed simple toys such as building blocks, mechanical sets, jigsaw puzzles, dress up dolls and kitchen sets which were the usual toys that were given with much love and care by friends and relatives on special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. Today‘s kids prefer the electronic toys and both boys and girls would rather prefer a computer game or gadget than a board game or a pack of cards. Even the dolls of today are hi‐fashion Barbies or dressed in designer clothes, whereas little girls in the past would scream with delight to get a fairy doll or one dressed as an angel.
My kids don‘t think I was ever a child. I really have very few things to prove that once I was full of imagination and love for toys. What better way to share memories with your children than with toys that are personal to your childhood? I will forever keep a box filled with these items for my grandchildren. I will keep those special collections and dry erase boards filled with pretend lesson plans to prove that their parents used to be cool, fun and filled with imagination.
When I choose toys for kids, I keep in mind that these will be subject to rough handling, so I choose ones that are made with sturdy material. They must be screwed properly as well, it they are joined together by screws. I choose quality over price as well, because it pays for itself in the long run. I also mend and repair toys at the first sign of damage. My seven year old‘s car toy‘s door got recently detached, and I noticed that he lost interest in it once it got broken. So what I did was just to superglue the door to the car, let it dry overnight, and it was as good as new.
However, safety is another very important issue that you have to take care of. Remember, the kids are always very tender and vulnerable. They don‘t have much of a common sense either. So, make sure that the toys are safe for their careless uses. Ideally, the children‘s toys should be made of soft or light materials so that the kids don‘t get injured by them. They should not have any sharp edges and things like that. Also, you have to check out the material used to make the toy. It should be non toxic. Also, the color used in the kids toys should be safe. Also, make sure that the toy does not have tiny parts as the kids can swallow them.
As we grow old, our preferred toys or those that were given to us changes, sometimes they don‘t. It may vary depending on our age, gender, or our preference. Our parents provide us initially with kids‘ toys to capture our attention and obedience. As we progress, they offer us important things such as love, care, and trust. These things are much special than any material things that we would receive. The memories that kid‘s toys give us, however, will remain for such a long time when compared to any gifts that we would receive.
The next step is to watch our kids when they play with their toys. We should observe closely if our kids intentionally break their toys. Sometimes, kids do this because they seek attention from us and they see toys as platform to release pent up emotions. Once this is the case, it is better that we spend more quality time with our kids. In some cases, kids‘ toys will get damaged because they played it too much, which is not really bad but if this happens frequent, we should talk to our kids and tell them the value of their toys. It is never too early to teach our children responsibility
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