Don't  Buy Into the Electronic Toy Frenzy


I remember last year, my 4 year old grandson wanted a radio controlled dinosaur. His parents insisted that it was the ONLY thing he wanted for Christmas. They felt compelled to buy it for him. Now, we all know that a 4 year old  who decides what he wants  from what he has seen it on TV, may not be the best judge of an appropriate, fun toy. Television makes unreasonable claims and the enhancements that are shown of how the toy works can never be replicated at home. It is always a disappointment.

Several weeks later, this toy that was so important, was tossed carelessly in the back of the closet in among other toys which also worked on batteries. Once he had figured out that it was not as dramatic as it appeared on TV and he had made it go through its paces several times, he was done with it.

Toys that have staying power with children allow them to play in many ways with the toy, don't need batteries to work and are durable to last through many hours of hands on sessions. Wooden toys, magnetic toys and musical toys are always favorites and can make thoughts of growling, battery operated dinosaurs quickly fade.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can feel good about giving the high-quality educational toys and wooden and magnetic toys from Anatex. They focus creating toys that enhance learning like fine motor skills, concentration and imagination to name a few.

Don’t be lulled into the branded toy marketing frenzy. Taking a child to the movies used to be a unique experience. Now fast food places market their meals with toys from the movies and toy stores have action figures and games that are aimed at the small folk. Toys that are not based on brands are also best. Spongebob and Spiderman will come and go but a medieval castle with drawbridges and knights can provide hours of make believe fun.