Top Imagination-Inspiring Toys for 2012
Author: Melanie Denney
Remember when toys were simple, allowing our imaginations to take us on incredible journeys? A deep love for simple toys that have the ability to stretch creativity beyond expectations inspired this list of austerely incredible toys, which will surely send your toddler into a whirlwind of imaginative play. Without further yammering, and in no particular order, here are five toys that should top your lists this year:
Boon Inc.’s GLO
There are no words for how insanely cool this GLO is at www.booninc.com. Boon Inc. gave this sleek, modern night light a genius element of play; when the three glowing spheres are removed from their stands, they become portable nightlights, allowing your tot to play a game of glow-in-the-dark catch, or become an astronaut who gets to sleep among the planets. Your toddler’s imagination will know no boundaries with this glowing wonder.
Tegu Magnetic Blocks
Blocks are, hands down, a timeless play piece; but the environmentally and philanthropically minded company Tegu upped the ante on traditional building blocks. Wooden, colorful, and magnetic, these blocks let your child channel their inner architect, building any structure they dream of. In addition to these awesome pieces, Tegu has added magnetic wheels to their collection too, giving vehicle creations mobility. Check out these amazing sets at www.tegu.com, you won’t be disappointed.
Sail Boats by TWEET
Handmade from wood, fabric, and a healthy dose of whimsy, these sail boats will take you back to the days of floating paper boats down canals while imagining you were aboard a ship with Moby Dick. You had so much fun then, and by making a visit to TWEET at www.etsy.com, you’re one step closer to letting magical little sail boats transform your toddler into a captain, a pirate, a mermaid, or a fisherman.
A few years ago, Italian children’s designer Nume introduced their line of cardboard houses by allowing people to come use their creativity to personalize and decorate their own house. What better way to explore self expression by allowing your little one to draw on his or her own palace? Cardboard houses are catching, and with new structure designs like castles and astronomy towers, like the ones at www.allmodern.com, will spark your child’s creativity like never before.
You really must go to www.greentoys.com to see this adorable pizza kit. Made out of 100 percent recycled milk cartons, this kit contains everything from crusts, toppings, sauce, and a pizza box. It’s everything your little one needs to open up a pizzeria and to start creating one-of-a-kind combinations.
There you have it - five for 2012 - toddler toys that take imaginative play back to the core of simplicity and fun.