We dwell in an age where the advent and advance of technology has killed the innocence our children once possessed. Even the youngest of our offsprings are exposed to television, computers, the Internet, playstations and other forms of recreational technology that surround them. However, reputed toy companies still continue to make educational toys that provide hours of entertainment to children while still stimulating and aiding their mental development, learning, imagination and creativity.
Most noteworthy of such toys are institution toys (institutionslegetøj) which young kids can play with and still learn from. Perhaps the most popular of these toys is the ‘Lincoln Logs’. They were invented somewhere back in 1915 or 1916. Lincoln Logs form a part of the American culture and form a part of homes all across the globe now. The game is basically simplistic in nature. It has ‘logs’ which can be joined together into different works of imagination making them quite enjoyable to play with. Lincoln Logs are available in any major toy store, mall and online store and guarantee your child with endless hours of fun and enjoyment—only his/her imagination is the limit.
Who can forget the car and the train sets? They are still popular among toddlers between ages of 2 to 4. Kids of that age are so young (mentally in particular) that anything and everything grabs their attention—remember how you used to play with your own train set? These sets can boost both imagination and creativity. They are available in all shapes and sizes. Children tend to create an entire universe around cars and trains—watch entire toy stories and even movies come alive before them!
If you are looking for another option in occupying your child while still ensuring that he/she enjoys and learns in the process, then you can opt for the ‘Pyramid of Play’. It is, however, a bit expensive but has four walls which contain a variety of games and activities which provide endless hours of fun. If your child is still young, then you can go for the ‘Ball Pounder’—the child has to pound balls through holes of different shapes—simple, yet very amusing.
The list of educational and institution toys are virtually endless. Learning toys for children include: playhouses, boxes, shape sorters, activity desks etc. These toys are generally made of wood so they are easy to clean up, durable and most importantly, non-toxic. So light up your child’s life—buy toys (køb legetøj) today!