I've been making my Christmas lists and going over what to buy the children. In doing so I've been thinking about the quality of toys that we buy for our children.
Over the summer while we were were visiting Bryce's parents in Colorado I discovered that they had kept a lot of Bryce's old toys. My mom had done the same thing and the children are still playing with them. They seem to have multiple uses instead of just one set way to play. It makes me wonder why many toy manufactures have veered away from the timeless and classic toys to toys that are plastic and don't require much creative thinking and play. Many of todays toys are loud, tell you how to play and don't have very good design.
Of course there are many good toys out there but you have to hunt for them. We are lucky that we have a terrific toy store here in our town. They carry toys that require imaginative play and that can be adaptable to different circumstances. Looking at the toys that Bryce used and that my sister and I played with has helped me to look around at the toys we own and that we might purchase and question whether in 30 years they will be just as useful as they are now. I guess that is what makes a classic a classic.