Top ten classical toys of all times

There are toys which withstood the test of time and keep in the top ten toys of all times – and for good reason! These classic toys have been inspiring imaginations of children for generations. I would like to make an overview of top ten classical toys that still rock. Your child will love them.

At number 1
Rocking horse


WHY: because it’s tons of fun and so vintage

Baby rocking horse is my love! I’d like to have one for adults. Proven fact that rocking motions relax the body at the same time stimulating the body muscles as well as creative zones of our brain. In a word rocking is great. Children enjoy it. And rocking horse is one of the most traditional articles of a baby nursery from old times.

Besides being utter fun, they help babies and toddlers to improve gross motor skills, balance and coordination. While your little one is busy being a cowboy/cowgirl, they’ll be putting upper body muscles to work and learning new push-pull motions. Another bonus feature: the gentle rocking motion can be soothing and comforting to kids. Who knew that a pretend game of ride the horse could pave the way for sleep time? To summarize rocking horse can be useful for:

– physical development
– balance and coordination
– loads of fun
– soothing effect

There are different types of rocking horses:
1) classical style wooden/metal or plastic
2) multifunctional
3) outdoor
4) new style

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At number 2
Building blocks


WHY: creativity

When the child grows and get’s strong enough to sit on its own you will definitely need some toys to grasp the little ones attention. The child wants to explore the world around and constantly trains his grasping and hands motor skills. Building blocks nurture your little one’s creativity through imaginative shapes and spectacular colors. That’s what building blocks can help with:

– keep attention
– develop grasping and hand manipulation skills
– learn colors, numbers etc.
– develops imagination

There are different types of building blocks:
1) classical style wooden or plastic LEGOs
2) magnetic
3) age related (big for small children)

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At number 3
Play real life


WHY: children copy their parents

We learn through imitation, we learn language like that but also life activities and habits. Children learn from their parents. Mimicking real life through toys that resemble real gadgets/furniture/utensils are favorite among children of old and now.

Where do we spend a lot of time, yes kitchen, and this interests children a lot, also any other gadgets that help us around the house like wash machine, vacuum cleaner, fridge, iron, mop, toaster, pots and pans etc. Children like to play doctor, shop assistant, café barista, hairdresser, ice-cream seller etc. With these toys children develop and acquire a lot of skills:

– communication
– occupation training
– conflict solving
– social interacting
– counting etc

And it’s loads of fun!

Take a look at my picks – your children will absolutely love it. Click on the picture to get into product page.

 

 

At number 4
Dolls and doll house

WHY:  it’s like living your life – role modeling

Dolls are miniature people. Dollhouses are miniature houses. A team of researchers from Cardiff University has used neuroscience for the first time to explore the positive impact doll play has on children, bringing to light new evidence that doll play activates brain regions that allow children to develop empathy and social information processing skills, even when playing by themselves. (full article)

Dr. Gerson explains: “This is a completely new finding. We use this area of the brain when we think about other people, especially when we think about another person’s thoughts or feelings. Dolls encourage them to create their own little imaginary worlds, as opposed to say, problem-solving or building games. They encourage children to think about other people and how they might interact with each other. The fact that we saw the pSTS to be active in our study shows that playing with dolls is helping them rehearse some of the social skills they will need in later life.

Besides being utter fun, they help children to play out real life situations. While your little one is busy dressing and undressing a doll they learn a lot of skills:

– interaction with other people
– empathy – emotional development – understanding the emotions of other people
– loads of fun
– sense of style

There are different types of dolls:
1) Baby dolls
2) Barbies and LOLs
3) impersonal dolls (without face features – children create the emotions using their own imagination)
4) all kinds of dollhouses

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At number 5
Modeling clay or play doh

WHY:  creating/sculpting/modeling

During my childhood (which was in the 90s) I played with modeling clay together with my younger sister every other day. It was fun and very creative activity. My sister modeled animals, I liked modeling people. Usually we sculped what we saw in books or cartoons.

Later on they invented play doh. Play-Doh is great to start with:

  • For small kids around 2 years old
  • Its very soft and thus perfect for little fingers
  • It dries out and it’s a little easier to clean up
  • There’s a lot of toys you can use with Play-Doh

Modeling clay is better for older age:

  • More fun for older kids, because it holds form better
  • Firmer, but after a little use it softens right up
  • Doesn’t dry out
  • Doesn’t crumble
  • Extremely cheap
  • More colors

It stimulates:
– creative thinking/mimicking
– hands and coordination development
– fun

1) play doh (dries and crumbles)
2) modeling clay (oil base – need special place to play with it)
3) outdoor
4) new style

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At number 6
Tricycles

WHY:  physical skills

Tricycles are first means of transportations for children which they operate by themselves. In a word it is challenging and entertaining. Children enjoy it. And tricycles are one of the most traditional articles of a baby gear from the time bicycles were invented.

Besides being utter fun, they help toddlers to improve gross motor skills, balance and coordination. You can teach them right and left directions as well as reverse and turns. Your little one will be learning new push-pull motions as well as learn steering the vehicle. To summarize tricycle can be useful for:

– physical development
– coordination in space
– loads of fun

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At number 7
Art supplies

WHY: artistic development

I liked drawing, children generally like painting and drawing. And I mean it, especially the walls. Children like painting walls, floors and furniture. So if you don’t want to have art gallery all over the your house, take time to hide all pens/pencils/crayons or buy some of art supplies that will ensure your child’s thirst for creativity will be satisfied.

Also who know, maybe your child has got some hidden talent to arts.

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At number 8
Railway station

WHY: history

Everything tiny that resembles real life objects is very cute. Toy railway station and mini cars are enjoyed by both children and grown-ups. Also it translates the atmosphere of travelling and exploring new world (imaginary or real).

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At number 9
Teddy bears and plush toys

WHY: cuddling 

No intro needed for teddy bears. 99% of children and grown-up like teddy bears. And if you or your child is that 1% who doesn’t like teddy bears, you might still like other plush toys. The diversity of materials and design impress and can satisfy every little player. Such toys are great to cuddle with. They can be great play and sleep companions. And they are cute.

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At number 10
Table games, puzzles and brain teasers

WHY: intellectual time 

Boardgames are pre-packaged games which (generally) consist of a board, pieces that go on the board, and rules.
Chess develop strategic thinking.
Puzzles develop deduction and induction functions of the the brain.
Scrabble – a very classic game! A meaningful and educational entertainment to enjoy with my kid! Training memory and your linguistic skills.
Connect 4 – fun game suitable for the youngest players.
Dominoes – match animals for young children/traditional  for older ones.
Boggle – absolutely fantastic game for grown-ups and children, a lot of fun.
– Figetget Keep It Steady – great for concentration training, well for even the youngest kids.

 

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