In these modern times when kids are surrounded by technology, it is really challenging to keep them away from the internet and various gadgets, even for a day. It is becoming normal to play on the computer more than with old fashioned toys, but toy designers are trying to keep up and make interesting toys. Here are some great toys that will just grab the attention of your kids and hopefully keep them off of social media at least for the duration of the Christmas holidays.
Happy Cubes are 4 x 4cm foam puzzles containing six same colour pieces that make up a cube when assembled. There are four different packages, each containing six cubes in different colours and textures. Some are textured with food and vehicle items for example, others are in multiple colours and these have greater difficulty. It is possible to combine all of them and make various forms and shapes, including the big cube that can be assembled from all the puzzle pieces.
Play n’ trace is a new product by eWriters Boogie Board and it offers a genuine pen and paper experience. It is designed in the shape of a painter’s pallet with a hole so kids of all ages can hold it. Inside there is a translucent writing surface that allows kids to trace objects and drawings placed underneath. It can be used to draw over and over, without using any paper and it can be placed directly on items being traced. It comes with tracing templates and tracing background scenes.
If you have boys obsessed with toy cars and anything else with wheels, Playtape is the perfect gift. It is a role of removable tape that is printed as road and railroad tracks. It comes in various sizes to accommodate various size toy cars, trucks and trains. There are endless possibilities with it – it is made of sticky paper and is easy to paste and remove as well. You can make roads on the floor, on the table, on the walls and over any flat surface basically. It can easily become a whole town size traffic infrastructure.
Kalimba is a thumb harp that originates from Africa. It is made of a block of wood (approximately the size of a hand) with pieces of metal attached to it. Each piece is numbered, they can be pressed and they make a sound. So following a certain order of numbers given with the instructions creates a melody. This little instrument is fun to play with for everyone, and for children it is a good way to enter the world of music as they can play simple kids’ songs by just following the numbers.
Most kids like dinosaurs, and Boneyard Pets are just that – they are super sized dinosaur models that can be assembled from many 3D pieces. They are made of durable and sturdy material so they can’t be broken easily and will last for years. The pieces are numbered and they come with schemes, so they are fun to put together although it might take a while. Once assembled, they resemble a smaller version of a museum exhibit. You can hang them in the kids’ room or add them to your Christmas decorations, and in the summer, you can decorate your patio or the back yard with them.
Since Christmas in the ultimate family time season, you can let your hair down and join your kids in playing with these fun toys. You probably didn’t have these available when you were a kid, so why not enjoy them all together now? Happy holidays!