4 Reasons to Give Old Fashioned Fun this Holiday

If there’s one thing 130 years in business teaches you, it’s that things don’t stay the same. But, they do tend to circle back.

Technology has certainly changed the way we live – and in our homes, it allows us to do things faster, smarter, and often better than we could before. Even the toys and games our kids love to play (who are we kidding… we love them, too) have been shaped by technology.  But maybe – just maybe – it’s time to take a step back.

Here are four great reasons why you should give the gift of simple, old fashioned fun this holiday season.

1. Creativity

According to a study done by Temple University, developmental psychologists found that “retro” toys – such as building blocks, crayons and clay – are better for children than many of the electronic toys available, even those that promote education. Because children are natural creative problem-solvers, they will benefit most from a toy that doesn’t command the child, but lets the child command it.


2. Craftsmanship

Classic toys are built to be played with – even the rough and tumble play of an enthusiastic child. Take the beloved Radio Flyer red wagon, for example. The company is celebrating their 100th year, but they are still making their classic red wagon much like they did in the beginning. It has an all-steel seamless body with no-scratch edges, an extra-long handle for easy pulling, a no-pinch ball joint keeps fingers safe, and durable steel wheels with real rubber tires. It’s the kind of toy you can pass down from generation to generation.

radio flyer wagon

3. Consistency

Old fashioned toys are not just well-constructed – they stand the test of time and continue to be relevant.  In an age when the next generation of your smartphone seems only months away, the toys we remember as kids are still relevant. So much that many companies have released limited or classic editions of the favorites. From Monopoly to Matchbox cars, these toys and games still delight us.

classic monopoly

4. A sense of calm

If an electronic toy is loud enough to annoy us, chances are it’s overwhelming for a child, especially a toddler. Sure, some learning toys use sounds to teach numbers, letters and colors, but their repetitive nature can lead to over stimulation. Everything in moderation, right?  So subbing in a good, old fashioned coloring book and crayons from time to time will allow a child to play more creatively – and more calmly.