Building block toy company Click-A-Brick hails a new list of basic toys that every child should have. The list, from Barbara Danza, parenting journalist of the Epoch Times, places blocks at the top, saying they are an essential part of any child’s toy box and make a superb gift idea for children this holiday season or any other time of year.
While the majority of gift ideas for the holidays revolve around toys that light up, make a lot of noise and feature the latest movie characters, these types of toys largely prevent children from using their imaginations the way they should, says Danza. In contrast to these kinds of toys, simple blocks allow children to develop their creative thinking skills and also play a role in other areas of development.
“These are truly the building blocks of play,” Danza says about stackable blocks. “The youngest of children can benefit from simply handling blocks, and their play will advance with these simple toys as they grow. Long after their motor skills are developed enough to construct a balanced tower, children will continue to turn their blocks into lift-a-bridge on their train set or a wall for their doll’s room, and on and on. The possibilities are endless.”
Danza also lists dollhouses, role playing toys (like kitchen sets or toolboxes), dolls, toy or beginner musical instruments and train sets as her other must-have toys for children.
Helping children develop their motor skills, creative thinking and cognitive abilities are all the reasons blocks are an essential part of a child’s toy collection, Click-A-Brick Co-Founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza say, echoing Danza’s sentiments about the toy.
“Part of the reason we chose to sell blocks is because of their timelessness,” Smith said. “They’ve been a great toy for children for hundreds of years and they continue to play a valuable role in childhood development. We totally agree with Barbara’s assessment of them and her inclusion of them on a list of essential toys that all children should have. We would add that generally they are also an affordable gift that parents can give at this time of year when many of them have inflated expenses due to the holidays.”
With science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) toys being especially popular this year, it can tend to drive up the price of these types of educational toys, Smith says, which makes the affordability of blocks an attractive alternative for children’s gifts when parents want to give something that will stimulate STEM interest.
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