As time goes on, people's definitions of things that are "old-school" or "classic" become different. Whether talking to an elderly person about blocks, or a younger person about gigapets, some toys will always feel classic. Others, on the other hand, will surely always be considered classic. A few toys that are inherently classics are puzzles, barbies, yo-yos, and balls & bats.
Blocks used to be generic in design. You'd find them in one basic size and one basic shape. Today, however, you can find a large selection of a variety of blocks. Having a variety gives you options to expand your mind, however, even with the traditional square wooden blocks (which you can still find today), you can make many different things. The best thing about blocks? They are very durable.
Similar to blocks, they too, were once generic. Basic size for basic designs. Now however, there is a large selection of Lego's as well.
Puzzles are a safe-bet gift. They are helpful learning tools and stimulating to the mind. The best thing about puzzles is that there are so many different types of puzzles, which could satisfy almost anyone. There are large wooden pieces with pegs for children, simplistic 100 piece puzzles, hard 1,000 piece puzzles,3D puzzles. From Disney characters, to animals, to scenery, puzzles offer a plethora of themes. With all the different themes and difficulty levels, you can find a puzzle for about anyone.
Barbie dolls were desired from day one. The well-marketed product planted its heart into almost every girl's heart. This, of course, gained Barbie many friends and accessories. That combined with the fact that they're easy to transport and fairly inexpensive makes them timeless.
Yo-yos are one of the most simple toys, yet one of the best loved. Easy to afford, and challenging, yo-yos were an instant classic. You first learn to use it in a basic manner, but once you do that, you can learn to do tricks with it as well. This inexpensive toy becomes far more advanced than simply up and down. People spend hours trying to perfect yo-yo tricks.
Children and adults alike love throwing balls around, basketball, soccer, football. Many little league teams form in childhood, where children learn teamwork and participating in sports. The baseball and bat will probably remain on the "classics list" for quite some time, as they are fun, social, and easy to enjoy.
Regardless of how long a toy has been around, it is unlikely the classics will die out. If anything, they will simply advance to keep with the time, but you can never go wrong with blocks, puzzles, Barbie, yo-yos, and balls, as they will probably continue to remain classics.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Toys and Hobbies at www.toylandhobbyshop.com
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