I haven’t wandered the toy aisle in a very long time, but I have a sense that things have changed since I ripped the brown paper wrapper from a Wish Book.
Toys should stimulate a kid’s imagination and teach them something — without their knowing it, of course.
An efficient way to stimulate imagination is to turn off the TV and download some of the hundreds of radio shows for kids that were plentiful in the decades before every house had a TV set.
Ideally, the perfect toy is something that isn’t limited to doing just one thing. For that reason a pile of wooden blocks fills the bill.
For future fliers there are drones at all prices, but I think if someone is going to learn about flying machines they should start at the very beginning like a “stick and tissue” model airplane.
Model airplanes, before they became “easy-to-assemble” plastic parts, came…