Raising kids in a postmodern society means our families are constantly inundated with technology. As screens of various sizes overwhelm our lives, its easy to get swept away in their convenience. But as helpful as computers can be for growing minds, they can never provide all of the developmental skills that children need to thrive mentally, socially, emotionally, or physically. Those skills are honed only through good old fashioned, hands-on play. Although there have been incredible advances in the toy industry, many of the best playthings are the oldest, and there are a few classic toys every kid should have. Lee Scott is a curriculum development and supplemental education specialist and serves on The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board. Passionate about toys and play, Scott tells Romper, "Toys and games should keep children engaged and maintain their interest over time. Toymakers and game creators from years past knew this, and there are quite a few classic toys and games that are still very relevant today."
Contrary to our assumption that kids want to be passively entertained, Scott has found, "The key is that the child can be creative, learn something new, build on learned skills as they play and, most of all, have a lot of fun. Toys that just entertain are those that end up sitting in the toy box or on a shelf." Here are Scott's top classic toy picks for kids.