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Why Should I Be So Picky About My Kid’s Toys? by Kitty Robertson Morse, Heirloom Wooden Toys

November 18, 2010
Schoenhut's Tunable Drum offered by Heirloom Wooden Toys

Schoenhut's Tunable Drum offered by Heirloom Wooden Toys

Most toys in the marketplace are invented by adults whose objective is simply to sell a boatload of that toy.  Their ideas about what’s fun and appropriate for kids can sometimes be alarming, if not downright shocking.  Focus on classic, open-ended toys from natural materials like wooden blocks, dress-up clothes, play kitchens, arts and crafts, dolls, sturdy vehicles, and simple musical instruments.

Your child will certainly be exposed to the “other” kind of toy at some point, maybe as a gift, or at a playdate.  (I’m not talking about Legos or remote control vehicles here, I’m thinking about things like the Bratz Love Meter.  Check it out if you don’t believe me.)  Don’t panic!  Evaluate the situation honestly and don’t overreact.  If you are truly uncomfortable with something, then you can talk privately with your child later to explain your point of view.  You can say, “I really  like it better when the toys you play with seem more natural to you, then you get to make up the stories that you want.”  You’re teaching her to be selective about what she plays with, and that it matters because the development of her mind and imagination are important.  You’re also teaching her to be a more conscious consumer, which is a skill that’ll serve her well throughout her life.

If you are looking to buy a gift or toy for your child or grandchild, think of Heirloom Wooden Toys where we provide sustainable, safe wooden toys, games and furniture that will last for generations to come.  You can shop by Age, Price, Brand, or just browse hundreds of products for all kinds of kids.  Many of our products are Made in the USA so you can support businesses that are keeping jobs at home.  Looking for custom products?  We have a large selection of items that can be personalized or engraved with your name or message.  Free Shipping on orders over $99!  Contact Kitty Robertson Morse at kitty@heirloomwoodentoys.com or (866) 202-8073.

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