What Makes a Great Toy?


With Toy Fair sneaking up on us again, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my attitudes about toys have changed since I first became a parent. When my oldest son was about 9 months old, I heard another parent say that nothing drove her crazier than toys. She wanted to get rid of every single toy in her house. I was running a home daycare at the time and one of my new hobbies was flipping through toy catalogs as I cared for the kids. As a new mom, toys were one of the exciting perks I had discovered and I was enjoying old favorites from my childhood and discovering great new toys that I was sure my son would love for years to come.