Admit it Moms, you’ve seen not-so good toys given to your kids during Christmas and all you can do is shake your head. By not-so good toys, I mean the toys which are poorly made, they get tossed to the trash can after a few minutes of playing. C’mon, Ninongs and Ninangs! You can do better than that! Make it your money’s worth to give good toys. For starters, shop at The Discovery Depot!
So, what is a good toy?!
As a mom and a preschool teacher (in my past life), here’s my criteria of a good toy:
- It should be made of high-quality, safe and non-toxic materials. It should be durable for all the throwing and banging. It’s always a plus if it can be cleaned and stored easily.
- A toy’s main goal is to entertain a child. It should give him the opportunity to learn, think and have fun. An engaging toy is one which stimulates all the senses.
- It should be age-appropriate meaning it gives a reasonable challenge to the child without him getting frustrated or dependent too much on adult help.
- Plus points also for versatility. This is where blocks, stuffed toys, art materials, etc. come in. They can be used for all kinds of play.
- It need not be expensive. But as the old adage goes: you get what you pay for.
And no matter how great a toy is, it would only be spectacular if you take time to play with your child!
So I’m really wishing we get a lot of good toys this Christmas. Like the ones in The Discovery Depot. I learned about them during ExpoMom Holiday. I was amazed by the wide array of the brands they carry, some of which I don’t see in the usual toy stores.
It’s quite easy to shop online as the toys are sorted by brand, age, price and which category of toy. I just hope they change the font to a more readable one. They also offer a Gift Registry, something I’d use when Baby Y turns 1! Some of these brands can also be found in Rustan’s, Babyland, Hobbes and Landes and Fully Booked. As of posting, they have Christmas sales I would take advantage of!
I hope we’d all receive good toys this Christmas! Cheers!