My Top 10 List of Toys with “Play Power”

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Red-Rubber-Ball

In my last posting I wrote about the pleasure a child can still derive from the least expensive of toys, the Balsa Wood plane.  I decided to come up with a list of the top toys based upon “Play Power,” the greatest amount of joy you can get out of a toy for the least amount of money.    I used this formula:  Play Power (PP) = Joy + Durability / Cost.   Here is the list

  1. Rubber Ball
  2. Jump Ropes
  3. Jack Rocks
  4. Yoyo
  5. Magic Slate
  6. Cap Bomb
  7. 8 ct. Crayons and color book
  8. Water Balloon
  9. Toy Parachute
  10. Balsa Wood Airplane

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Here are some more that did not make my list:

Caps

Party Poppers

Party Snaps

Finger Traps

Kite

What toys are on your list?



9 thoughts

  1. What are “jack rocks”?
    How about baby dolls, toy cars, post-it notes, simple dress-up (e.g., scarves), basic craft supplies (e.g., construction paper, scissors, glue), marbles, stacking plastic cups, jigsaw puzzles?

  2. Don’t count out a plain deck of cards. They can make houses of cards, play basic games like Crazy 8s, Old Maid and many other standards. After all, a game is simply a toy that requires a little more thought:) No rules required.

  3. As an inventor of a new children’s board game, Lunch Box (which makes fitness fun and engaging). I can’t agree more with the lists above. Being bias to educational toys… I have found board games to be a perfect gift for children parties. Especially those that require little to no set up time or lengthy instructions! My children love Sorry, Clue and Connect 4 (old school 🙂
    These old school toys teach many of the multiple intelligences!
    Sincerely,
    Liz Northcutt
    Inventor of the Patent Pending Lunch Box Board Game
    http://www.playlunchbox.com
    Richard you can filter this and not include my website as I am not trying to plug my invention here…. just wanting you to know that I am a real toy enthusiast!

  4. How about:
    Stickers/Sticker book
    Card games
    Board games
    Magnets
    Calculator
    Chalk
    Wooden blocks
    and Giant cardboard boxes (not really a gift, but watch out when you give these to young children… their imaginations go WILD!)

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