I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent what amounts to a year of Community College tuition in toy purchases since having children. And I’m sick of spending money on shitty toys that suck. So I’ve decided to add this list of Toys That Don’t Suck in the hope that it might be helpful to other parents or gift givers.
*Side note: I encourage you to find and support a small independently owned toy store where you can purchase or order your toys.*
I will start with the Big Bag of Science
This toy was of interest to me because my Middle Guy is very interested in science
and things that explode. It is hands on, teaches about chemistry, physics, weather, magnets “and MORE!”
I give the Big Bag of Science a Kvetch Mom thumb’s up.
The kit has a ton of cool activities and tools with which to experiment. It is well-organized and everything is clearly marked and well thought out. The directions are actually fun and educational without being dry or boring.
The first experiment we did was making slime. The Middle Guy (who is seven) thought it was awesome. All of the necessary ingredients came with the kit. All we had to do was add water and a little elbow grease. The Middle Guy read the directions to me.
Note: This is not an independent play toy unless you are giving it to a kid over the age of 12. So pour yourself a drink and be prepared to mix and stir and oversee the activities or you will have a huge mess on your hands.
Note for parents of kids on the Autism Spectrum: This kit is made for the sensory seeker. My daughter, who doesn’t like wet, goopy things watched from the sidelines and did a little stirring. She wouldn’t touch the slime but did have fun watching the activity. Just FYI.
Once we made the slime the Middle Guy blew bubbles with it, we did slime boogers, and tested out how long and skinny we could make our slime strings. I think this would be a great birthday party activity.
The kicker? The kit came with plenty of slime making stuff, so we can make slime at least a few more times.
I would say that the Big Bag of Science is well worth purchasing (and good for neurotypical and AS kids). We have probably another 70+ activities to do with the kit, so I foresee several gin & tonics and plenty of fun in our future.
If you are in or near Portland, OR, check out these independent toy stores: Thinker Toys (in Multnomah Village), Piccolo Mondo (in Bethany), or Finnegan’s (SW Portland). For an amazing selection of children’s books, go to Annie Bloom’s Books (in Multnomah Village).
Disclaimer: I am not receiving any renumeration for recommending any toys or stores. This is simply a thank you for their excellent customer service and kindness to my children.