The article makes a good point about electronic toys, but this is one of the areas that we've made some decisions early on. It was easier for us, since we didn't grow up on Fisher Price toys. We refrained from buying any toys or books with batteries except a few sound toys (books with songs). Instead we went for household objects, self-made shakers, simple blocks and balls when Anna was a baby and expanded into mostly building toys as she grew older.
When I feel tempted to buy her another toy, I really have to ask myself - how can she play with it? Does it extend what she already has? Will it interest her for more than a couple of days? Most of the time the answer is "no". Practically all the toys and games she has have been one-hit wonders. Her favorite toys at the moment are:
- Trains, especially since we caved in and bought a battery-operated engine
- Doctor kit (battery in this toy stethoscope never worked)
- Toy kitchen - her interest changes over time, but it's something that she likes to play with