Added: Wed. Jan 23, 2013 9:39am
You love playing with your grandchildren when they come over to visit, and they need a variety of interesting items that keep their attention. Plastic playthings aren’t as sturdy as the metal items you enjoyed as a child, though. When you’re shopping for sturdy and reliable toys, consider these seven brands that educate and entertain your grandkids.
Designed by psychologists, Lamaze products engage and stimulate your grandchildren. The toys are made from non-toxic materials. Each item is also sturdy, colorful and engaging. Your infant and toddler grandkids can safely chew and interact with each item as they develop sensory skills while playing.
Your playroom as a child probably included items made by Fisher Price. They’ve manufactured over 5,000 items that kids of all ages enjoy.
In business since 1930, the brand prides itself in building educational and fun play items that stand up to anything your grandkids can throw at it. You can trust this brand to offer quality products that keep your grandchildren entertained.
Innovating and educational, Leap Frog started creating learning games for kids in 1999. Their most recent development, the Explorer model, works like an iPad for toddlers. Your grandchildren use it to take pictures, make videos and download safe and educational Leap Frog apps.
The innovative Explorer joins the brand’s Read and Write Leap Frog and Quantum models. These products teach your grandkids to distinguish colors, learn alphabet sounds, read, write and problem solve. You can trust the brand to develop games that educate your grandchildren as they play.
Melissa and Doug
Primarily known for their high-quality puzzles, the Melissa and Doug brand offers hours of educational enjoyment. Their wooden puzzles and manipulative products inspire young imaginations, satisfy curiosity and cultivate critical thinking skills in children of all ages.
Build a Bear
This brand offers more than a stuffed animal your grandkids can cuddle with at night. It provides a shared experience that builds your bond and strengthens your relationship.
At the store, your grandkids choose an animal character and clothing. They stuff and assemble the character then take it home. Your grandkids now have a friend to keep them company, and you’ve made a fun memory together.
Eco-friendly play items limit environmental damage and keep your grandkids entertained. Hape uses bamboo to build racecars and other interactive playtime items. They’re safe for your grandchildren and provide years of fun.
The brand also makes a variety of board, card and educational game and play sets. You can easily sit on the floor or pull chairs up to the table for a few hours of enjoyable fun and games.
A classic brand in production since 1949, LEGO provides more than building blocks that entertain your grandkids. The interlocking bricks teach fine motor skills, problem solving and engineering.
Larger Duplo bricks are perfect for toddlers, and smaller bricks and accessories give older kids plenty of opportunities to create complex masterpieces. You can join in the fun building a parking garage, palace or space station with all your grandkids.
Use playtime to bond with your grandchildren. Visit together as you solve a puzzle, play an interactive game or enjoy an experience. As you build relationships and make memories, you’re also teaching your grandchildren valuable life skills, thanks to sturdy and reliable toy brands.
Holly is an Indianapolis native who enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.