Do you remember your favorite toy from when you were a kid? If you think really hard, I bet you’ll recall a toy that brought you hours of fun and entertainment. Most adults fondly remember the classic toys they grew up with, from Legos to Barbie dolls to Hot Wheels. These toys are remnants of a simpler time when kids played with real toys, not video games. We think classic toys are still the best toys out there, and here are our top four reasons why.
1. Kids use their imagination
One of the best things about classic toys is that they usually require you to use your imagination. So many toys today lack creativity, and all kids have to do is mash a button to be entertained. But classic toys forced kids to be creative. A Barbie doll, for example, isn’t particularly exciting on her own, but with a little imagination Barbie can become a pilot, a doctor, or an adventurer.
The simplicity of classic toys allows kids to imagine that their toy is whatever they want it to be. Legos can become entire homes and buildings and cities. Simple toy cars can go on endless adventures all around the house and back. Classic toys, because they require a little imagination, offer more possibilities than new electronic toys and games.
2. Cut back on screen time
Another big benefit of classic toys is that they can help kids cut back on screen time, or time spent in front of the TV, phone, computer, or tablet. Many parents want to reduce the time their kids spend staring at a screen. After all, less screen time has many proven benefits for kids’ physical and mental health.
Because technology wasn’t so pervasive even just a few decades ago, classic toys tend to be non-electronic. Classic toys get kids away from their screen and out into the real world—or at least into their imagination, which is just as good. If you can get your kid hooked on classic toys, they won’t even miss their electronics.
3. Fun for parents and kids
Classic toys aren’t just fun for kids. Parents can enjoy classic toys, too. Classic toys bring back memories of when you were a kid and things were simpler. They’re not just nostalgic, either. Parents can share these memories with their kids by giving kids their own favorite childhood toys. This is a great bonding experience and can get parents involved in playtime, too.
If you don’t have your old toys lying around, see if there’s a newer model of them out now. Thanks to nostalgic parents, companies are making new versions of classic toys all the time.
4. Save money
Toys today can be expensive. Just look at the price of the latest gaming console, toy robot, or whatever new toy is out now. These high-tech brand new electronic toys can be extremely costly. On the other hand, classic toys are often simpler and cheaper.
So next time you’re out shopping for your kid, whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or just for fun, consider purchasing a classic toy. You might just be surprised by how much fun you and your child can have with a classic toy.