Toy Stores

Play time is a most in­tu­itive mode of in­ter­ac­tion with the world where im­por­tant lessons can be learned while con­di­tion­ing a child’s abil­ity to cre­ate and imag­ine – skills that may be hard to quan­tify, but which prove very use­ful later in life.

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Toys are the con­duits to this play ex­pe­ri­ence. As such, the im­por­tance of pick­ing the right toys can hardly be over­stated. The fun fac­tor is a given, but the ‘right’ toy is also picked in the con­text of the skills and val­ues de­sired, and also the toy it­self has to be safe: is it po­ten­tially a phys­i­cal haz­ard, for in­stance, is it likely to break into sharp pieces, or frag­ments that could pose a chok­ing haz­ard, was it man­u­fac­tured with non-toxic ma­te­ri­als through­out? One can’t be too care­ful when shop­ping for chil­dren.

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