A friend surveyed Facebook friends for toy recommendations for his five-year-old daughter, "Ok... I need some good toy recommendations here...M and I aren't in to buying a bunch of random toys for S. Lately, we've focused more on crafts/art sets, sports/outdoor items, and on games that we can play together (Apples to Apples, UNO, Sorry). For girls turning 5, what have you found to be meaningfully engaging toys?? (S doesn't watch much TV so she has no real advertising generated requests except for Disney Princesses stuff). Thoughts??"
1. Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set. Connect gears. Encourage creativity. It's hours of fun and learning. And much to my surprise, while referencing it for my inquiring-friend, I was pleasantly surprised by the photo of the young girl in the advertisement. This is the kind of play and company I am stoked to support!
2. Secondly, we recently supported this inspirational venture, GoldieBlox via a Kickstarter project. Although the first toy won't be ready this winter holiday season, GoldieBlox gets me giddy. The tagline is so best: Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build. And the mission, to create really fun toys that develop spatial skills and teach basic engineering principles, is something I am excited for.
3. Lastly, we subscribe to Kiwi Crate (on-and-off). Every box we have received is brill, engaging, and surprising. Lulu loved watching her plants grow. And we often recycle crate materials for other craft projects. Everyone I've ever recommended this out-of-the-box present to, always thanks me for it.
While many toys inspire me and give joy to Lulu, here are a few to start with. I'd love to hear what your family has been having great fun with recently too!