Are toys just toys?
What makes these parents in Singapore pick out certain playthings for their tots? We find out the thought that goes behind buying toys.
“I like picking out toys that enable my sons’ imaginations. Not only do they give them endless hours of fun putting together different parts to make various objects, it also gives me an opportunity to have a conversation with them about what they are thinking while inventing their make-believe toy. It’s fascinating to hear their creative thought processes!”
– Hui Shi Tjan; husband, Adrian Chan; and sons, Evan, 5; and Brendan, 6
“I look for good quality toys that are simple in their design (both in features and aesthetics), yet encourage plenty of creative play.”
– Manuela Pfeifer Anastacio; husband, João Anastacio, son, Ollie, 6; and daughter, Mila, 4
“When I choose toys for my niece, I make sure that they have educational content that would be fun for her, and are amusing for any adult who is using it to play with her. The Quantum Physics for Babies book happens to be one of my niece’s all-time favourites – although I think she’s more attracted to the cute graphics than the actual science content!”
– Christopher Siantar and niece, Dione, 2
“We like to get them toys that we can play together as a family.”
– Marcela Téllez-Glover; husband, Steve Glover; son, Alex, 7; and daughter, Ellie, 5
“When it comes to buying toys, I’m a fan of activity-based toys that can help my children use their imagination and creativity and increase their sense of wonder – toys that they can go back to again and again; and play with independently as well as with siblings, friends and us.”
– Zafreen Merchant; husband, Asad; daughter, Azalea, 7; and son, Keyan, 5
“We do not buy a lot of toys for our kids. In our opinion it’s better to have fewer toys, but invest in those that can enhance the child’s development. Most of the toys our kids have are secondhand, passed along from our friends. Sharing toys not only saves money but is environmentally friendly and helps children to appreciate the value of sharing. We buy toys, too, but those are usually reserved for special occasions such as Christmas or their birthdays. Even then, we’ll buy educational toys or toys that get our kids to be active such as bikes, scooters or skateboards.”
– Indre Daubaraite; husband, Aurimas Augustinavicius; daughter, Kaya, 11; and son, Jokubas, 2
“We pick toys by bringing our daughter Kara to a toy store and observing which ones she interacts with the most. She has a broad variety of toys because of that, from Fisher-Price to soft toys and items from boutique brands.”
– Daren Yoong; wife, Grace Seah; and daughter, Kara, 2
“We have two active boys aged 6 and 7 who love to be outdoors. We pick toys that encourage them to spend a lot of energy. Some of their current favourite activities include flying kites, throwing a frisbee and learning to master their waveboards.”
– Nikki Dinh; husband, Rainer Jaegar; and sons, RJ, 7; and Dante, 6
By Ruth Beattie, The Finder Kids, Vol. 25
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