The Best Toy Ever

What makes for a good toy? Has your child begged and pleaded with you to buy That Cool Toy they saw in an ad, only to abandon it a couple days after receiving it?

One thing I have noticed is that toys these days come with so much commercialization and pre-made story lines that they leave much less room for imagination. The dolls I had when I was little did not come with a name, a personality profile, a cartoon show, a designer pet AND a website. Instead, it was up to me to create whatever story-line I wanted for that doll that day. Teachers and child care providers I have talked to say that the “tried and true” toys kids keep coming back to are the ones that are most versatile: building toys like blocks and Legos, generic dolls and cars, dress-up clothes, balls of different sizes.

And, the Large Cardboard Box.

Watch the video below, reminisce a bit, and then go out and find your child a large cardboard box to play with.

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

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  1. I LOVE this!! I regularly hate on modern toys, and as my kids will tel you, I refuse to replace batteries on toys that need them. In my house, we have a junk box. All battery toys end up in there and recycled into something fun. Avery takes things apart and they turn into something else. i dont feel the least bit bad about it either. Favorites in our house are blocks, crayons and paper, and of course, boxes. Also ice cubes. But only during the summer.

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