Monday, September 8, 2008

Stand the test of time

A few months ago I found Erin Cobb's blog . She does this thing called "Mama Monday's" where she posts about a topic and then other readers link to their blogs about this particular topic. Past topics have been about children's books, routines, foods, etc. This week the topic is toys that stand the test of time! What a perfect topic with the holidays approaching faster than we might think! So here we go, toys that I (and Brady) think stand the test of time.

*Anything with the name Radio Flyer on it!
My personal favorites being these two:
The Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
Brady used this when he was a little one as a walker but now at age 2 1/2 he uses it to transport everything from books to bugs. It has always been a popular toy amongst his friends, they like to sit in it and push each other around.

Brady when MeMa and Pop gave him this toy in September of '06. 8 months old.

Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle
My Mom found this at Once Upon a Child for $25 when Brady was just a few months old, she bought it because she knew it was a classic and of course it was in mint condition. This trike stays at their house though, we have this version here at our house.

Brady on his retro Radio Flyer trike just this past Saturday while we were in Pittsburgh.

Brady, and every child that comes through our door love this toy as well. Yet another Radio Flyer classic. This was a gift to Brady from our dear neighbors, we were so delighted and surprised by this gift. Clearly you have to have some space (which we really didn't at the time) for this big guy!

*Tinker Toys These things have been around since 1914 so clearly these stand the test of time.Brady is getting these for Christmas this year, I purchased them a few weeks ago at Target on a good sale.

*Classic Wooden Abacus. I just picked one of these up for Brady and it has become and instant favorite and what he doesn't realize is how much it's teaching him! Best part I found it at Marshall's (or was it TJMaxx?) for $6.99. TJ's and Marshall's sell all kinds of Melissa and Doug toys which all are wonderful. Can't argue with wooden toys!

*A Bead Maze This isn't the exact one we have but Brady, Mike and I all love this toy.

*Wooden Lacing Beads like these. I got the ones we have from World Market for less than $6. I think for Christmas I will get him some lacing cards.

*The Fisher-Price Fun 2 Imagine Cash Register I had one when I was a little girl and I don't think it's changed that much since the early 80's. Brady got this last Christmas and we play with it several times a week.

*Brady is getting the Fisher-Price Clock for Christmas. I'm not sure where else they sell this, I stumbled across it when looking for fabric. I know I had one of these when I was little and it is a classic.

*Some kind of wooden blocks, my opinion is that every child, boy or girl, should have wooden blocks! We have these ones.

*I'm starting to collect some dress up clothes for Brady. I went to Once Upon a Child's Halloween Costume sale on Saturday and picked up a Fire Fighter costume and hope to build on this a bit. I think the boy dress up things are a bit harder to come buy but I know that it is important for him to role play and imagine!

I'm anxious to read what other Mom's across the country have to say. It's so nice to get other opinions and ideas about toys that really entertain, delight, spark imagination and maybe even educate a bit! Thank you Erin for coming up with this fantastic topic.


erin said...

Yay! So glad you joined in!

Sarah hasn't quite figured out her trike yet...your little man looks like a pro!

Christie said...

I second the tricycle! My duaghter loves hers!

Sharron said...

My grandchildren play with the Fisher Price clock all the time. It is 38 years old and still plays music and holds their attention. They love it as much as my daughter did as a child. I love your suggestions as most are the tried and true toys. We have wooden blocks from when I was a child and I am 66.

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