While we try to keep cheap, plastic toys to a minimum in our house (we barely have room for the good stuff, much less the junkier stuff) we did buy our son a toy laptop when he was about a year old which he still plays with a year later. It does have music and flashing lights which sometimes drives us crazy, so if you're looking for simpler faux gadgets with fewer bells and whistles perhaps these wood versions fit the bill.They're certainly more attractive, don't require batteries and look more durable than their plastic counterparts. Whether they will be as entertaining to young children, we can't say. They're made of birch wood, have moveable keys and an acrylic "mirror" screen. The laptop ($35) and cell ($10) are available for pre-order through Guidecraft.
As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.
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