Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978
Guides for Parents

What Makes a Good Toy?

Good toys have staying power; they engage. They help build attention spans, not fragment them. A good toy does not offer answers; it stimulates questions and presents problems for solving.

A Good Toy ...

  • Can be played with in many ways.
  • Challenges a child to do, think, or feel.
  • Contributes to the development of a child's physical, mental, social, and emotional skills.
  • Is attractive and well made, with pleasing shapes, colors, textures, or sounds.
  • Is fun and fits a child's talents, interests, abilities, and size.
  • Fits in with your own tastes, knowledge, and pocketbook.
  • Is safe.

©1983, Diana Huss Green Founder, Parents' Choice