Published at Tuesday, May 15th 2018. by Imogene Lowe in Marberl Run.
Another brand that is wonderful for kids is Melissa & Doug. They make wooden toys and puzzles for all ages of children. From lacing shapes to arts & crafts you cant go wrong with getting your kids these toys. They also make amazing gifts that are appreciated for years and passed down to younger siblings. Best of all they are very reasonably priced. They can be found at your local stores or Amazon sells a large variety.
Many people overlook the fact that toys shape a childs initial perspective and help them understand the world around them on their terms. They are certainly not just playthings that serve to amuse distract and entertain them while their parents are at work but educational aids that help develop their sensory and motor skills as well as bring out their creativity and imagination.
From wooden puzzles toys evolved to something more elaborate during the Victorian era where grown women became obsessed over wooden doll houses that were made with marble and ivory and intricately detailed to resemble a real house and it even reached a point where it actually cost as much as a real house. Another kind of wooden toys that became popular especially during the Middle Ages were wooden puppets which ventriloquists would show off at street-side carnivals and the Lincoln Logs which were notched miniature logs that can be used to build miniature forts and buildings and are still around to this day. The Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright in 1916 and was patterned after the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo which was designed by his father architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The best toy for girls ages 5-10 are American Girl dolls. They are quite pricey in the $100 range but they are made from very high quality materials that are made to last. Many dolls last for them to pass on to their kids. They are fun to read about (each one comes with a historical book with the doll in the story) learn about and to dress up and play with their friends. There are many off brand dolls and doll clothes that can be purchased for a fraction of the price. Target sells an Our Generation Doll for $30 and Little Adventures sells 18\" doll clothes for $16.
The best toy for boys ages 3-5 is Thomas the Train. Thomas the train toys are also made from high quality wood metal and plastic. A train table makes pretending with Thomas very fun and there are endless possibilities to cities and towns you can create with the tracks and cars. Thomas teaches responsibility which is very important for little boys.
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