Top Five Classic Toys and Games for Kids

11310570169_fairychessset38989.jpgIn this day in age when TV has taken on a new role as a babysitter for stressed out parents, the role of classic toys and games has lessened over the years.  However, the benefits of allowing your children to play with these vintage toys and games is plentiful — they improve creativity, they help to build social interaction, and they help your kids to learn, which is in stark contrast to many of the programs that are available on the TV airwaves today.

Here are our top five classic toys and games for kids.

Etch-A-Sketch

An Etch-a-Sketch is a great classic toy for kids of just about any age.  It helps teach them creativity and coordination while providing you with a few minutes of quiet time.  Even our two-year-old loves playing with the Etch-a-Sketch, and with no little parts to have to worry about, it’s a great game for toddlers and older children as well.

Checkers

Checkers are fun to play with, and they have a place in the home for the young and the old alike.  Not only is this vintage board game fun, it really helps to develop your child’s thinking ability, and helps them to learn about cause and effect.  While younger children really will not get much out of checkers as a game, toddlers will enjoy their stack-ability and their roll-ability… more or less fun for all ages. 

Twister

Twister is an exceptionally fun pastime that can be enjoyed with kids alone, or with kids and their parents.  It’s a relatively safe game, encourages a little bit of exercise through constant movement and laughter, and helps to build stronger relationships with those who are playing this game.

Candy Land

Candyland is a great game for younger kids.  In terms of classic board games, Candyland is probably the most toddler friendly of the lot.  It encourages social interaction, and is just great family-friendly fun.

Connect Four

Connect Four is a classic toy that encourages creative thinking.  In a way like checkers, it helps to develop cause-and-effect reasoning for simple actions, while providing a fun pastime for school-age children.  While Connect Four may not be suitable for preschoolers and younger, even teenagers have been known to enjoy this older, but nonetheless enjoyable, tabletop game.

Keeping your children, and even teenagers, entertained does not have to mean that you rely upon the television set to do so.  Classic toys and games, such as the five that we have outlined here, offer better benefits for your children, while still allowing you to escape and enjoy it a little bit of kids-free down time.

Trivia Games: What Do You Know?

21310570170_dragonknightchessset37128-1.jpgTrivia Games have become all the rave today. Many television shows, online games and board games have many thousands of people answering questions that cover many different topics from pop culture to food.

One example of a trivia game is Trivial Pursuit. This is a classic board game where players aim to make their way around a board, answering trivia questions to earn pieces. The first player to collect a different colored piece from every category makes his/her way to the center of the board. Then, if the player correctly answers another trivia question from a category chosen by the competitors, this player is considered to be the winner of the game.

Trivial Pursuit is just one of the trivia games that is offered world wide for people who love trivia. There are a variety of trivia games that are geared to the audience that buys it. You may find trivia games that feature different topics such as music, television, or fashion, each focusing itself on knowledge and popular trivia, allowing players to test their skills when it comes to brain power.

Many trivia games have cards that are numbered or some that are color-coded by category, such as the classic edition of Trivial Pursuit which features six different types of categories, each with its own color. Geography questions are denoted by the color blue, while history is seen as yellow. Entertainment questions are pink, and science and nature is green. Arts and Literature is denoted by brown, and sports and leisure is orange. These six categories make up the thousands of questions that Trivial Pursuit can provide its players, giving them a number of ways to challenge both themselves and friends. Only through a broad base of knowledge can players get any advantage over their competitors.

Some games have questions on a variety of topics which can include pop culture, music, drama, and a ton of others. Trivia games made for beginners will have only a couple of hundred questions on very easy questions. However, the more advanced the game, the more the questions available to stump even the most advanced trivia player.

Many trivia gamers use some sort of marker on their board to show who is winning. An example of this are the game pieces used for Trivial Pursuit. Each player uses a circular token as his/her piece during the game. Each one of these pieces is divided into six sections, with space for different pie slice shapes. As the players make their way around the board, they aim to land on a certain, central space for each of the main six categories. Players who land on this space and correctly answer the question, fulfill one of the requirements for the game and earn themselves a pie slice for the corresponding color of the category.

The goal is to fill the game piece with each color pie slice before heading to the central starting location on the board. Once there, if a player can successfully answer a question from a category chosen by the competitors, that player is considered the victor of the game. Collecting the pie slices can be challenging, however, for many people are often strong in one category and weaker in others, making the potential for the game to turn competitive, high.

Many of the trivia types of games have various versions that enhance the game or offer you more options. The original versions of the games usually contain the classic categories, with newer versions adding other categories. There are many different versions of games like Trivial Pursuit available to suit any number of people or fans and interests. Special editions of the game are available that are specifically geared toward a certain icon, such as The Simpsons, Star Wars, or even Lord of the Rings.

By the same token, versions of trivia games are available that are geared toward younger players, or specifically for literature, film, or even periods of time, such as the 80s or the 90s. No matter what the players’ interests are, there is a trivia game available to suit them.

These classic, challenging types of games have become one of the most popular entertainment options for people because they rely on skill and knowledge, not just random luck. It takes a degree of intelligence to play, often making it the chosen game type for a number of groups. After all, trivia games are some of the rare types of games that allow you to ask: “What exactly do you know?”

What are Classic Toys? No Batteries!

01310570171_starglasschesssetpp1322-1.jpgElectronic gadgets and video games top the list of most popular kids toys, among all ages. But are you looking for something different?  As a child, you probably remember your favorite childhood toy.  That same wave of nostalgia can guide you while shopping for the perfect classic toy for that special child in your life! Whether you shop online or at a  local store for kids toys, it can be a bit overwhelming, especially when there are tons of toys and games from which to select.  If you are looking for something different guaranteed to put a smile on your favorite child’s face, then you should consider giving a classic toy, or maybe a few of them. Many parents and children enjoy spending quality time together playing classic board games.  Today video games are popular, however, they do not allow much interaction between children and parents.  There are always the classic games that encourages family participation. Other family-oriented games that children can play with their parents include checkers, chess, pool, jig-saw puzzles, dart boards, air hockey tables, and shuffle boards. If you’re shopping for a little boy, then you may decide on a ride-on toy, flag football set, authentic camping set, archery set, die-cast vehicles, rubber horse shoes kit, arcade shooting games, bummer cars, pedal toys, tin toys, and wooden building toys.  Nothing says classic toys better than a toy tractor and trailer! There are also just as many kids toys when it comes to shopping for a special occasion for that special little girl.  Of course Barbie dolls are always a hit, especially the 1959 original Barbie doll.  Other toys include Barbie accessories and products, tea sets, toy kitchens and cookware, toy market stores, or colorful frilly girly chairs, small couches, ottomans, pillows and blankets. Are you looking for something with a little more personal touch to make the gift more memorable?  Bookshelves, step stools, rocking chairs, backpacks, mirrors, and coat racks are all great kids toys for either a boy or girl.  Adding attention to detail by personalizing the gift you decide on shows that you put extra thought into the selection. Parents looking for kids toys that help the child to develop both socially and emotionally, are in luck because there are tons of options!  Depending on the age of the child, there are educational toys for every age.  Babies learn their surroundings by playing with brightly colored toys from musical animals, activity blocks and waterproof toys at bath time.  Early childhood toys and activity books teach children valuable skills such as reading and telling time.  Older children might be more difficult to shop for but toys such as a Lite Bright or replica of a NASA rocket complete with outfit would be great.  Classic toys do not need batteries and are truly a wonderful way to spend quality time with your family and teach children valuable skills to succeed in life!