Children will play with toys, they always have and they always will (even in the world of ipads). Children tend to play with a new toy for a little while when it is still new once the toy is considered old, or a newer toy comes into the collection it falls by the side.
Some of the toys over time that I have found that I prefer for the kids are –
1) Don’t need batteries – The rate at which the batteries run flat can be annoying and turn out more expensive than the toy. I find its better to have toys that do not need batteries.
2) Have multiple uses – toys that can be used in multiple ways either because it has multiple parts or it stretches their imagination.
3) Preferably not made of plastic – there is fair mention of how dangerous plastics might be that wooden toys and other materials are preferable.
Looking for such toys overtime led me to Melissa & Doug – their toys tend to match most of the criteria above as most of their toys do not require batteries, encourage creative play, teaching children skills needed in a fun way and are mostly made of wood.
Some of my favourite Melissa & Doug toys are –
3) Magnetic Jigsaw puzzles that allows you to change the arrangements. For example the dress up teddy bears
Konga carries a lot of Melissa & Doug toys, visit them here to view their options