I have purchased my share of junky toys through the years, and learned a few lessons in the process. Don't make the same mistakes I did. Instead, choose toys that your kids will love, and are worth your hard-earned money.
Let Your Child's Interests Guide You
What kind of toy is your child drawn to? Mine like realistic toys for imaginative play - spy kits, dolls, tea sets, golf clubs, dress-up clothes, camping equipment, cooking toys. Your child might be into building sets, crafts, books, games, sports equipment, or collectibles.
Great toys are played for months and even years. They engage the child's mind and imagination. They have a sturdy and satisfying feel. They are just right for your child's age and stage of development. So, how do you sift through the junk to find great toys?
What About the Hot Toys?
Our children are bombarded by marketing and will beg for the latest hot toy they see on TV. My strategy is to take a chance on one hotly marketed toy and buy it early. That will satisfy your child's desire for the toys he says he wants after watching TV in the afternoon. Check out these commercial announcements of the hot toys for the season.
If you're lucky, you won't have to spend all of your budget on that one hot toy. Then, you can focus your spending on really good toys that you can feel good about buying. In my experience, these are the most successful toys for lasting play value and parent satisfaction.