Before my kids were born (and, to be honest, when my son was still a baby), I was convinced that we would only have virtuous toys in the house. By this, I mean wooden, educational, imaginative, not made in China toys. Of course, these days, it looks as though Toys R Us has puked all over my house. And my kids watch stacks of telly.
However, one place I do like for “virtuous” toys is Myriad. It’s all a bit hippy, crafty and, frankly, Brighton, but there is a lot to like. Their wooden toys are made in Europe out of indigenous wood – I also love the colours.
They are not cheap, I will admit, and really they are the sort of thing that adults are a lot more impressed with than most children. However, quite a lot of them are rather multipurpose – today we had fun making an obstacle course and tunnel for my son’s toy motorbike.
My daughter knocked it all over and then we had fun making it again.
At the end, we even had quite a nice time putting the pieces away. It’s sort of a jigsaw puzzle on its own.
Of course, when that was done, my kids went back to watching CBeebies and playing with all the plastic crap we’ve accumulated.