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!
Back when I was a preschool teacher, the Blocks Area would always be the popular choice for both boys and girls. From towers to roads, you can do almost anything with blocks. It’s also a good way to teach 3D shapes like how Z knew rectangular prism, cylinder and pyramid. Nothing’s bad about the simple blocks we’ve known and love but what if it got an upgrade? Enter Tegu.
Tegu is the only handcrafted magnetic wooden blocks available in the market today. Each piece has an embedded magnet, giving kids the option to build up and out. Because the blocks stick together, there’s less frustration on the part of the kids. There’s also the option to play with your creation lest it being taken apart and the wheels move as well. And clean up is easier. Yes, it’s a whole new level on block play! Even I was amazed when I tried it at the recently concluded Expo Mom Holiday. I like that it is light-weight and the colors used are safe, non-toxic and water based. Even Baby Y can hold it and I won’t get scared when she puts it in her mouth.
When you purchase Tegu, you also get to help on socially-relevant causes – reforestation and education. Tegu Blocks are made from Huesito, a hardwood found in Honduras’ forests. To help maintain the abundance of these trees, a portion of sales go to the planting of Huesito. Or you’ll help children from families who work in the city trash dump go to school. With Tegu, you get to play while helping the environment and other kids too!
You and your kids can get a feel of Tegu at their booth at the St. James Bazaar at Ayala Alabang on November 27 – 30. They also have a store at Urban Abode Showroom on CW Ortigas Home Depot. For a more convenient option, they have an online store at www.toyspecialist.com.ph It’s really a great stocking stuffer for the holidays as a kid of any age will surely have limitless imagination while playing with Tegu!