- Games, Toys, and Hobbies
Toys for children from previous years gone by - some that are still popular today
Every year due to a new cartoon, a new animated movie or a great advertisement by a company, a new kids toy becomes the current craze.
These are the must have toys of the year that every child must have. Parents will go to any length to get their child this toy.
But while there are certain toys that seem to be popular depending on which animation movie is now in the cinemas, there are some toys that will last the distance and never go out of fashion even 40 years later.
It could be due to great advertising by the company at certain times of the year like Christmas. Or it could just be that parents who themselves had this toy as a child, now decide they want their child to have the same toy that gave them hours of fun.
It might be something simple like a Lego set, a book, or a doll that was just what every little girl wanted. It doesn't matter, there are just some toys that will always outlast the current faze this year.
Dollhouses Are Very Elaborate Toys.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Doll House Exhibitions
There are many dollhouse exhibitions held around the world. Each country has a museum which has many dollhouses that were donated by patrons who had them as a child.
Visit One In Your Area
Here are just a few
Doll House Exhibition Smithsonian, Washington
The Great American Dollhouse Museum, Daville, Kentucky.
Tara Place Museum, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow
These are a fantastic toy to give to your child. They come in all shapes and sizes and are built to last. Dollhouses were once only toys for children of the wealthy and privileged. Poor children couldn't afford to have them.
Now however you can get dollhouses on line and in toy stores. The more elaborate you want it and the more details it has the higher the cost will be. There are also some established carpenter who design doll houses to your specifications, but with the time it takes to produce one and the detail they put into it, it will be expensive.
Some children just love to spend time playing with the miniature furniture, people and tiny toys. Dollhouses look exactly like a real house, but everything is miniature in size. They can bring hours of fun to your child.
There are many museums that now display dollhouses donated to them by patrons which attract many visitors from far and wide who still have a fascination with them in their adulthood.
Dollhouse Exhibition at Smithsonian National American History Museum
Books For All AgesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Books Will Never Go Out of Fashion
Books are a great present to give to any child. Many of us remember our parent reading to us as children and this encouraged our own love of reading later on in life.
Many children get lost in the amazing stories of another world that are fascinating and scary. This will encourage their imagination.
If you start reading to your child when they are at a very young age, you are contributing to their education. Not only are you also encouraging them to read for themselves but you are facilitating their brain when it comes to learning.
One only needs to see the fascination with Harry Potter and The Twilight series to see that books have power.
JigsawsClick thumbnail to view full-size
World Jigsaw Federation
If you think you have the skill to take on others in a jigsaw competition, then now is the time to put your skills to the test.
Teams of four are put to the test to complete a jigsaw in a certain amount of time. The team who completes the jigsaw the fastest is the winner.
Take the Challenge: World Jigsaw Federation
Jigsaws Can Be A Challenge
The jigsaws created today are a work of art.
There are so many different designs put on jigsaws that unless you have an eye for detail you might miss how to assemble it.
Jigsaws have been around for ages, and most of us can at sometime remember assembling one or getting one as a present. You see different types of jigsaws today and many are geared toward adults not only children. For those who love a challenge there is even a Jigsaw Federation.
Children love to be adventures. Giving your child a jigsaw can a challenge they relish if they like intricate tasks, but if not there will be a lot of frustration when pieces don't assemble as easily as they think they should. The harder it takes to assemble a jigsaw, the more chance it will be left uncompleted. So start with an easy one and work up to the advanced ones.
Jigsaws come in all sizes from 10 to 50 to 1000's. The more pieces in a jigsaw, the harder it will be to assemble it.
It's always wise to start your child of with a jigsaw with a small amount of pieces and then as they get better, work up on increasing the jigsaw challenge.
Lego : You Can Build Anything With ItClick thumbnail to view full-size
Did you keep any of the toys from your childhood?
Lego - A Toy For Builders
Lego can now be used to build anything. Just visit LEGOLAND and let your eyes be amazed by the amount of effort and work they have done to build a mini town. They have everything you could think of.
Created in 1958, Lego today is one of those toys that children still find amazing. You will often see Lego as a toy stable in doctor surgeries and also children's hospitals. It's a toy that a child can play with while passing the time in the waiting room.
Lego is one of those toys that is very versatile. There can be different varieties of Lego available depending on the type of creation you want to build.
There is Lego Toys for adults who have the skills and the ability to assemble fantastic creations like robots and Star War ships.
For children, the box sets are not as advanced and they can just enjoy the pleasure of assemble blocks together.
Whatever age you are, you will find enjoyment out of creating something spectacular.
A Tour Of LegoLand
Board Games: A Family AffairClick thumbnail to view full-size
Board Games That We All Remember
There are a variety of board games around today. Some are specifically for children, some are for adults and some or for families. No matter what age group you fall in to, you will find them fun and interesting.
A lot of the board games created today are created in relation to a television series. Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, NCIS are just some television shows that have created their own game.
Each board game has different skill sets and while you might not like the majority of the ones out there, the old favourites like monopoly and scrabble will stick in your minds as fun ones to play in groups.
Board games are a fantastic game to have in a home as the whole family can play them. Set aside an evening every few weeks and sit back and enjoy spending time with your family.
There are lots of toys that children enjoy but there are only a few that they will go back to again and again.
Certain toys only a faze and won't last the year. Others will last for many years to come. It's the toys that have been around for ages, that seem still be in the toy stores year in year out.
© 2014 Sp Greaney