Toy collection had been a huge part of my childhood and I’m quite sure, most of my readers also collected toys while they were young. I assume parents raising little girls and boys are also in their second phase of building their toy collection now.
There’s no denying the popularity of collectible toys; top-ten lists for Christmas toys have been filled with Squinkies or Lego Ninjago sets for the past few years, and baseball cards and Beanie Babies before that. Collectibles aren’t just for fun, however – studies have shown that collections can actually play a part in the brain development of young children, as kids start to name and categorize their possessions from around the age of 6. And, I’m quite surprised that my daughter, Keisha, at age of 2 can categorically identify her own things apart from a bunch of others’ possessions. I strongly believe that her toy collection is a major part of her mental development.
Though I’ve got a way to go before Keisha’s old enough to play with smaller toys, we recently bought some figures from Sylvanian Families for her cousin and she’s hardly put them down since. Having been more of a Beanie Babies girl when I was younger, I was amazed at well-made the Sylvanian figurines are in comparison.
We picked the Labrador Family as the little girl’s a big fan of dogs, and the characters all have their quirks, which I loved. There’s super attention to detail in their expressions, and that’s not even mentioning all the themed sets you can get, from a farmyard to a hospital, caravan, and even a grand Regency Hotel which looks as good as any dollhouse.
Boy’s collectibles tend to hog the limelight, what with movie merchandise like Star Wars and Batman figures, but Sylvanians have had an impressive run – they’ve been going strong since the mid-1980s, almost as long as I’ve been around. I’m definitely looking forward to buying Keisha her first set. And, for sure, she will instantly fell in love with the Sylvanians Family.