Worst best toys?
On commercials kids are always happy and having fun. In reality, however, some toys just seem doomed to bring about tears. Those two-seater powered jeeps for instance, where one kid drives and the other just sits there. Cool toy, but it doesn't really have a chance. I don't think I've ever seen two kids on one, where one or both weren't eventually in tears.
I'm curious if other people have examples. Toys that seem great, but in use tend to be disastrous.
Funny you should mention those jeeps. My children, now grown, had one each. A Barbie one and an Action Man one. More often than not, they would ride together, taking turns who drove. One would drive up the garden and the other would drive back.
One of the worst games, for children, was mousetrap. That stupid little cage would never fall correctly. It would always get caught and was just poorly designed.
For my experience, Monopoly is the worse. Or at least playing with my family. They torrent me into doing a deal I don't want to do. I am normally a placid person but have been known to flick houses and hotels across the room.
Moon sand was a good example for us. My daughter got some as a gift, used it once, and was never interested in it again. It was messy, didn't do what it said it would, and she was less than thrilled. We'll stick to good 'ol play doh.
Don't even get me started on this one!!! There are too many to discuss!!! As a former RECE I have played with and presented many toys to children. One of the brand names I can recommend is Melissa and Doug ( to not have the poor results). Based in the US this company has provided many hours of great pleasure in our house hold. Mostly classic wooden toys, they are timeless and teach excellent skill building.
Does anyone remember that red vehicle released by Fisher Price, you know the one that kind of looked like a Smart Car and had tiny doors on each side, with big yellow posts and tiny black wheels that hardly ever rotated. Well that toy was a murder box! I've always been a large man, even when I was a child I was of freakish size and I used to find myself getting stuck in that damn car all the time. The worst was when my step father would push the thing over and because of the awkward shape it was nigh impossible to break free. I spent many an afternoon trapped within the confines of that red and bastardly death trap. I think the makers of that toy were a bunch of sadists who knew of its dangers and did not warn the public of its malicious hunger. Damn you Fisher Price, DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!!!
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