No-Tech Toys: Doctors Say The Best Educational Toys For Kids Are The Classics

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Looking for the best, most educational toys this holiday season? The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a clinical report titled “Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era.” In it, the authors recommend toys that inspire hands-on engagement, imaginative play, and rich interaction with parents and caregivers as the best choice. They say traditional toys (not electronic) are the ones pediatricians should be recommending to parents, as well as featuring in their waiting rooms.

The report went on to state that high-quality toys in categories such as pretend play (dolls, cars, housekeeping), hands-on/manipulative play (blocks, puzzles), arts and crafts, language and letters, and physical play can facilitate caregiver-child interactions, peer play, and the growth of imagination. At Melissa & Doug, for more than 30 years we’ve believed in the power of imaginative, child-led play, and we’re proud to offer a wide variety of toys in each of those categories mentioned in the report.