Do you feel a little remorse after heaping the shopping cart with “toy of the moment” stuff from the big-box stores this holiday season? Are you already envisioning a yard sale in nine months, with much of the stuff you are buying right now? Would you rather get your child some educational toys this holiday season, and find toys/experiences that will last more than a moment? How about buying a toy that will help your little wonder and not so little wonder learn?
Now that I have asked these questions, I will point you in the direction of some sage advice. Last year the folks at “Live Science” have come up a great list of toys that help children explore many science fundamentals. From toys featuring old friends and familiar product s like Miss Frizzle and “The Magic School Bus,” and Lego sets, to toys that get at chemistry through cooking and exploration through a working microscope, there are a wide range of toys in every price range. These toys offer toddlers through teens the chance to build robots, do chemistry, familiarize themselves with labs and lab equipment, and fit together gears. As you shop for your family, picture the heap of toys gathering dust and taking up space in one corner, versus some great quality toys that will go far in encouraging them, to pursue science and find real learning satisfaction. While there may some of that dusty heap, I am going to plan to offset it with quality items.