Nowadays, kids don’t seem to have much time for toys. The technological revolution has spoiled the magic for them. In fact, one in three children can use a smart device before they can talk. That’s a shocking statistic. It’s one that makes it clear how far away children are from the more innocent past.
That’s a shame, because old-fashioned toys can be great fun for kids. They teach them creative skills and help to build character. They also provide lasting memories that the latest gadgets just can’t. Every kid should get back into retro toys. They’re a link to the childhood of their parents. That’s a fantastic route in for moms and dads to engage with their children. It’s time we reintroduced old toys into our children’s lives. Here are some of our favorites.
We love model cars! Get some Dinky toys, for example. You can find all sorts of old-fashioned models of retro British cars. That gives them an authentic Sixties feel. The retro ones are a lot like Hot Wheels, but more realistic. Kids can have hours of fun with toy cars. You can still get carpets with roads printed on them for these cars. They’re like little cities for the kids to charge their toys around. Model cars are a great addition to any kid’s toy box.
The Rubik’s cube is a great way to keep kids quiet on long car journeys. That’s without resorting to the iPad, anyhow. The Rubik’s cube is a simple, but fiendish puzzle that outfoxes almost everyone. Matching up those colored squares is damn near impossible for many people. A nine-year-old boy from China can solve them in twelve seconds. Good luck getting anywhere near that record!
Space hopper / Hippity-Hop
These little balls are barrels of fun. With their fun looks and smiling faces, no kid could fail to love one of them. If you’ve got a big family, you can get more than one and your children can race. They will have hours of fun on hot summer days outdoors with those things.
An Etch-a-Sketch may not seem like a good distraction for today’s kids. It looks a lot like an old-fashioned iPad. That doesn’t mean that they’re no fun. If you give a kid an Etch-a-Sketch, they’ll fall in love with it right away. The difficulty of drawing with these things is what makes them so much fun. Children feel challenged by the Etch-a-Sketch. They decide that they have to master the thing! You can use the Etch-a-Sketch to encourage creative play and patience. They also foster any artistic instincts in your children. It’s an old piece of equipment, but it still works wonders.
Did any of those toys jog your memory? They must have, of course. It’s true that the oldies are still the best for a lot of kids. It’s not difficult to get the kids away from their technical devices. They all want to grow up fast, but children haven’t changed that much. They’re still attracted to the old toys, just as their parents were when they were young. Old-fashioned toys are worth a try for any parents who want their kids off their phones and tablets. Give them a whirl. You might discover the child inside you, too.