Looking around at the toys that have stood the test of time in my home, I noticed a pattern. The trendy toys didn’t have a chance against all the sturdy classics. When looking to purchase gifts from birthdays or Christmas it is easy to go for the flashiest, most advertised item. Don’t take the easy way out. Decide instead to invest in your family. The following toys are timeless and can be used and reused. Some of these choices may not suit your family, but then again, if given a chance they just might be the thing you need.
Blocks: Although it is hard to find simple wooden blocks, this classic is worth the search. Add to a small collection year by year to get the best value. These can be expensive and since they are not flashy, a small pile is not terribly impressive. Don’t worry, in time blocks can provide the perfect backdrop for playtime. My great aunt has a very large wooden bin of blocks in her basement that visiting adults have a hard time resisting!
Train set: Although I am not a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine, I have to admit that show boosted the popularity of quality train sets. Now, I am not talking about the remote control version that runs around you Christmas tree, or the special scale model your grandfather had in his basement. No, a train set that will stand the test of time needs to be practically indestructible. While we lost a few key curved tracks over the years to puppies, the set is intact. Keep the train set and wooden scenery is a sturdy bin to keep the magic alive.
Action figures and Barbie dolls: Okay, these may not be for everyone. But a nice collection of simple dolls holds their value. By simple I mean, dolls that do not require a memory chip, batteries or a voice box. Solid Rescue Hero figures, Barbie dolls, even a full collection of Lord of the Rings action figures, super heroes or Power Rangers can be pulled out by a grandchild twenty years after the popularity wans and still be fun.
Bath toys: Don’t laugh; a bin of classic bath toys is a solid hit. Once the door is closed, a child of any age can float little sail boats, pour water from container to container or wind up a little turtle to scoot across the surface.
Nostalgia may play a part in these timeless toys, but the charm is that these are just as fun to play with at 4 as they are at 14 or 40!
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