Top tot toys? Blocks and boxes backed over high-tech toys

Top tot toys? Blocks and boxes backed over high-tech toys

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos.

Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity.

“A cardboard box can be used to draw on, or made into a house,” said Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, co-author of a new report on selecting toys for young children, up to around age 5.

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