I have greatly appreciated the many comments and Top 10 recommendations recieved from readers as a result of the two "Play Power" blog postings. (To read those click here and here. )They came in as comments to the posts as well as via Linked In and email.
I have listed all the recommendations below. Please note that I did not include things like paper, cardboard boxes and sand as they were not manufactured toys. That will make for another great list of toys that are parts of nature like stick or repurposed like a box.
So, for now, let’s stay with what we actually make so that we can focus on what constitutes great play value in a manufactured toy.
Here, in alphabetical order, is what you felt belonged in the Top 10:
Army men (shouldn’t that now be Army people?)
Deck of Cards
Football or soccer ball
Pick Up Sticks
Stickers and Sticker books
What strikes me about many of these toys is that they are play platforms. They enable open ended play or variations of play. For example, Army People allow children (and adults for that matter) to visualize and act out story lines. A deck of cards allows us to play a staggering number of games while also engaging in social interaction.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see retailers feature high “Play Power” items in their stores? Not because they sell the best (and many do sell well) but because they represent the very best in play value and therefore the industry at its very best.