My Top 10 List of Toys with “Play Power”

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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


Here are some more that did not make my list:


Party Poppers

Party Snaps

Finger Traps


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!
    Liz Northcutt
    Inventor of the Patent Pending Lunch Box Board Game
    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
    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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