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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Fourth Section The Lethbridge Herald November 1973 35-44 Child appeal main criteria for Christmas toy buying By JIM LOZERON HeraM Staff Writer When your children dance around the tree this Christinas the joy which comes from being the best parent in the world may be short-lived unless you have planned that Christmas toy in ad- vance. Suddenly the whizzing sound of an airplane you so carefully selected may transform that little darling into a headache and you'll banish him to his room. Or the incessant beating of a toy drum nay rival the half time antics during a New Year's football game unless you have planned in advance. Dorothy director of the Christopher Robin Nursery believes an ounce of prevention is worth a little time. buy a toy you're going to be annoyed about says Mrs. who works with more than 20 youngsters in the course of a day. Toy buying is two says Mrs. but most parents know their children well enough to know which toys will appeal to them. Toys should give the child pleasure and should be able to be enjoyed by hint while you watch him play. Mrs. Groves does not recommend buying a toy drum or an ac- cordian because of the noise they make. youngsters will not know how to play them anyway. There are musical instruments which children enjoy and which will not be says Mrs. such as rhythm bells and jingle sticks. The toys children love are a reflection of their says Mrs. and there are no toys which can be recommended for all children even of the same age. there are toys which appeal to nearly all children The Herald- Family from age 3 to among them jig-saw puzzles because they are made with varying degrees of difficulty. Mrs. a admits to committing one of the biggest mistakes in toy buying herself. She once bought a set of plexi-glass building blocks which she says were appealing because of their color and form. Her grandchild was not as im- she says. failed because I did not get on the child's Mrs. Groves says. you buy a toy don't think of how it appeals to you. Get down to thinking what are the possibilities for the And while there are expensive toys on the market you don't need a lot of money to make a child happy with his she says. Mrs. Groves says she has one child at the nursery who is in- fatuated by a bag of rocks he brings with him to nursery school and there are others who get enjoyment out of a M cent magnifying glass. A favorite at the nursery is a toy called select-a-block bought for 88 cents. Playhouses are popular with girls and even some boys at the school. Mrs. Jill co-ordihator of the Gingerbread House pre- school believes in careful buying because good half of the toys around will break with normal use in a think you should buy something which is not going to break by Boxing she says. should try to control your im- pulse to buy this Mrs. Kotkas says it is better to buy one good toy which will last rather than buy a number of toys which may not. She recommends building building magnetic alphabet and a miniature basketball and a playhouse for boys or girls. And contrary to some she says not only girls but boys up to the age of 10 enjoy dolls. Boys go for such robust dolls as G.I. Joes and Johnny West she says. Mrs. Kotkas says it is important to buy games for children they can share with the rest of the family or with their among them dominos and card games. Kathie director of Kathie's Petite a says Lego building blocks is one item never want to run a kindergarten without. Mrs. Friesen also suggested housekeeping and dishes for a cubical construction toy and a connector building set. Educational toys best choice Durability and child-appeal are stressed as some of the many criteria for parents to follow when chosing Christmas toys for their children. This play- house seems to have captured youngsters Susan and are busy setting up house. the interest of Sheri Wyllie who Sample Fun blocks Imaginative and chal- lenging toys are best choices for Christmas gift-giving. Trent Terakita tests his skill at matching different shaped blocks with the proper slot in the box. Keeping the age and interests of the child in mind when purchasing toys is sug- gested as well. Featuring a large sel- ection of Manufacturers samples at huge sav- ings. 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