Is there an easy way to tell your parents and in-laws not to buy their grandchildren those junky imported toys for birthdays and holiday? You know the kind I'm talking about; the toys that are the flavor of the season that will clog up your closets and leave little pieces on the floor that you'll eventually step on and utter a string of explicatives. These are the toys that have about 20 plastic ties to hold them in the package and take two hours to put together.
Oh the pain, oh the pain! The screams of delight when kids tear off the wrapping turn into quizzical looks when dad can't seem to get piece 25b to go into 8a. Then a child's look of worry when dad starts turning red and yelling, “Why can't anyone write instructions that make sense. " The final look in a child's face is the one that puts dad over the edge into an early nights sleep. Brave and valiant daddy finally assembles the toy and hands it over to a child only to find after five minutes, the product is left in the middle of the floor and never picked up again. I implore you grandparents, stop the insanity!
To a child the anticipation of receiving a popular toy is the fun part; the actual play time with the gift is next to nil and sure to be part of a land fill in the near future. But here's the rub, what grandparent want's to disappoint their grandchild. Most gift givers wouldn't consider giving a child older than two a set of wooden blocks. This type of toy is both educational and fun. How about a large box of crayons that can be used to create masterpieces that are hung proudly at papa's house?
Please proud grandparents rethink your gift strategy. A set of collectors coins, a skateboard, a cool scrapbook, a Frisbee, a personalized step stool, even clothes! Anything but those junky plastic toys that send men like my husband into convulsions and fits of rage!
Alycia Shapiro is Vice President in charge of product development for SensoryEdge. She has advocated for special needs children in order to get the therapy services they need. Many parents either have difficulty getting the proper services or might not know these services are available. You can visit her websites to learn more about educational toys and children's furniture.