Good Questions: Recommendations for "Feedback" Toys

Good Questions: Recommendations for "Feedback" Toys

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Janel Laban
Mar 30, 2009

Jennifer sent in a question for the crowd: We, like many parents, are trying to minimize the amount of battery-powered and plastic toys our son plays with. So far we are doing pretty well at the 3 month mark. Even family members are going along with our silly plan by giving him wooden rattles, blocks, and other earth friendly toys...

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In visiting some friends that do not have the same standards for the type of toys they buy for their son, and have a lot of the standard large plastic toys that make music and light up, our son was - you guessed it - completely entralled with a piano that does a light show and plays a medley of songs with the touch of a single key.

But - I am not willing to throw in the hat just yet, and break down and buy a playroom full of these types of toys. My question for the parents out there is to identify natural/ safer plastic toys that provide feedback to the child using them. So many of the toys we have are great for building things, sorting, or looking for patterns. But, save for rattles and musical instruments that make noise when he shakes them, they don't give that thrill that the more popular toys do when something exciting happens at the touch of a button.

I certainly am not ready for anything that lights up, but a little noise might be ok (I'm caving in already!)Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Please share your suggestions with Jennifer in the comments below...thanks!

Photo: Elmo Pop Up Piano

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