Since the birthday just came very recently, we play a lot with toys. Since Christmas is coming soon, I decided to write “We Play” posts about toys and to share my opinions about what to buy and what not to buy.
Good Toy: Baufix Starter Set was our choice for German grandparents’ present last Christmas. They usually ask us what to give her and for obvious reasons love to give her quality German toys. My biggest peeve about this set is the suggested age. It’s marked as 3-6, and this is completely wrong. The set is great, but there is no way even the most dexterous 3 year old will be able to put anything together on his or her own. I would say the age of serious enjoyment would be 6+. So the set went to storage last January, and we pulled it shortly before Anna’s birthday to see how she likes it now. As I said, it’s still too early for her to build with this set on her own, but she understands what needs to be done a lot better. Instruction booklet is written very well. She can follow it to select the pieces she needs for each step of construction, and she can give her fingers a good workout trying to screw the parts together. This is somewhere where adult’s help is still very much needed – first, because the pieces will come apart if they are not tightened, and, second, because sometimes you need to use one hand for holding pieces together and another hand for screwing. She simply cannot do that yet.
Bad Toy: I reviewed this V-Tech globe in this post. It’s a good example of the toy that tries to do many things at once and ends up doing nothing well. Of course, Anna was very fascinated with this globe for the first week or so. Now it’s collecting dust and takes space in our kitchen/playroom. I hope that we can either give it to her school or maybe do a toy rotation with friends before we give it away for good.
What are current toy favorites in your house (I mean store-bought toys?).
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