Traditional toys are making a comeback. Bring it on.
As new mamas who follow the mom and baby world closely, we sense a trend in the air.
Whether they are made from wood, have a vintage feel, or were one of your personal favorites from childhood, classic toys are making a comeback.
Why are we so thrilled about this revival? So. Many. Reasons.
Traditional toys are timeless, provoking, chill and clever… just like our little ones!
Here's why we love them:
Traditional toys are timeless.
They never go out of style, and as a result, they can be passed down to future generations (hello, grandbabies!) and look great in photos (hello, Instagram!).
More importantly, traditional toys offer years of enjoyment because they can be used in different ways to satisfy different age groups.
With a growing imagination, there is truly no limit to the number of ways a child can play with wooden blocks, textured balls, or a colorful abacus. From developing fine motor skills and spatial awareness to promoting language development, these toys truly grow with our children and their budding aptitude.
Traditional toys are provoking.
Maybe it's because I enjoyed many of my son's classic toys when I was young, but I can't help but enjoy interacting with my tot when he plays with these toys.
There is nothing I savor more than inviting my son's Cabbage Patch Dolls to join us in a tea party (with real tiny stoneware cups and saucers)! To me, seeing him thoughtfully serve his stuffed friends while learning the many nuances of hosting a party is priceless.
The hubby, on the other hand, could spend hours engaging our tot in constructing intricate train tracks and pretending to be the world's greatest conductor. Because parents enjoy these toys as much as children, they are wonderful incentive for parents to communicate, interact, and have fun with their kiddos.
Traditional toys are chill.
So, you invited a passive-aggressive frenemy to your babe's birthday party and ended up with an annoying, know-it-all Furby in the house? Hide him in a closet and bust out the ever-so-peaceful wooden puzzles your little babe loves.
Instead of demanding your child's attention (and a never-ending supply of batteries), classic toys let your child take control—and that's a very good thing for baby's brain development.
Consequently, your tot doesn't become overstimulated and can be free to use her developing imagination to fuel playtime.
Traditional toys are clever.
Unlike many electronic toys, classic toys do not typically offer the immediate gratification that comes with pressing a button and receiving a response.
On the contrary, traditional toys require patience, thought, planning, and a delay of gratification to achieve positive results.
Offering our children an opportunity to exercise their attention spans is a wise move.
Of course, there is a time and place for our tots to have a little fun with tech gadgets, especially when they will be expected to learn their ins-and-outs at an earlier age than ever before.
When exposing your child to screen time, look for interactive games that require your child to do most of the work… er, play.
We love apps that stimulate creativity and kindness, like Sago Mini's Friends. Just remember, when your child is ready to get those tiny hands on a phone or tablet—usually around 2 years—it's best to limit screen time to 15 to 30 minutes a day and to spend at least a few of those minutes cooperating with your child to promote a deeper understanding of the activity (just like any other toy!).