Toying Around: What exactly makes a great toy?

Parents spend countless hours searching high and low for the toys their kids want, and the variety that is part of that journey certainly is remarkable.

Toys are timeless, they’re classic, and they’re coveted by parents and kids alike, but did you ever stop to consider just what makes a great toy?

Some argue that greatness at it pertains to a toy starts with popularity, but that is a thinly veiled discussion point, because you have to first define popularity as it runs very similar to what you what determine to be a great toy.

You have to really look at a toy on a number of levels, but essentially the quality of the toy needs to mix alongside its enjoyability and if it’s going to fall under very strict mom and dad guidelines of being safe and appropriate.

The safe and appropriate is really a strong yay or nay for parents, particularly with video games that feature violence or toy guns, for instance, that have long since been debated to be the precursor for kids acting out as adults (at least that’s what has been linked in arguments for and against that discussion).

Obviously, a toy has to be wanted by a child mostly because it’s fun, and they have quite the time playing with it. Parents draw the tough card of trying to find a toy that is fun, but not litter toy boxes with nothing but G.I. Joe, Star Wars or Barbie and implemented some educational elements to their buying decisions.

You might see mom scoop up a Lego puzzle or a set that teaches you how to construct something, yet still have a toy that is more about imagination and simply letting a child play without the conformity that often plagues most toys that live and die by that temperament.

Those same parents also want to make sure they don’t buy on the cheap, so to speak, when it comes to toys and instead will opt for quality products. Granted, it isn’t too fun to talk quality when you discuss toys, but that means something when you consider your kids and just who rough they are with toys or just how often they’re going to use it.

All of those considerations define toys in general and spending and buying in particular, and if you still believe that toy buying is impulsive or only predicated on what’s hot, you’re simply toying around with the true logic behind these products.


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