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Stacking rings, blocks, Lincoln Logs and oh so many more. The classic low-tech toys are THE BEST!
Totally agree, Martianne! Bocks...especially with the tactile properties of wood. Have you ever tried to play with the slippery plastic cubes...yuck. Did you know the architect's son Frank Loyd Wright invented Lincoln Logs while waiting in the car for his dad?! I also love Tinker Toys...
Anything that doesn't require batteries!
I agree with all of the above!! I'd like to add Playdoh and Little People figures and animals.....all low-tech :) The possibilities are endless!! Open-ended toys are the best!!
Looking for Christmas toys in Toys R Us, I was so glad to see the tinker-toys (even pink ones for girls). My students are amazed with Lincoln Logs and Slinky. I agree - toys that don't require batteries are the best!
I just mentioned this in another post, but our favorite thing right now is THINKING PUTTY> Awesome stuff.
Yes. It is technically not "classic". It's new, but based on the classic idea. It bounces, pops, stretches, cuts, forms, squishes and can change color or be magnetic depending on the type you get. I got mine at http://www.timberdoodle.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=thinking+putty... during their Christmas sale. prices have gone up since.
The only caveat is that although it peels off most things with ease, we have found hair and Thinking Putty don't get along so well. Getting pressed into rugs is not the best idea and certain winter hats will never be the same again after sitting with thinking putty stretched over them. (I have busy, curious kids!)
Thanks, I will have to try it!