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The Nostalgic Toy Trend: Why Are Classics Coming Back?

 Play stimulates children’s creativity, learning, and development, which is why toys and games are undoubtedly an essential part of every childhood. Even with the rise of video games and touchscreen devices, Yahoo Finance notes that global toy market growth remains positive. In 2021, it was valued at $103.96 billion, with an annual growth rate of about 8.5%. While the market outlook is focused on the development of modern and innovative toys through the use of technology like 3D printing, what the report overlooks is how classic toys made a huge comeback during the pandemic. From traces of nostalgia to a desire to unplug from our devices, there are various factors that come into play when we closely look at this trend.

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How to Make Sure Your Children’s Toys are NONTOXIC

Children’s toys are amongst the last places you’d expect to find toxic chemicals. After all, we know kids are even more susceptible to many hazardous substances than adults are. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of toxic materials that can end up in your child’s toy chest.
In reality, not every toy is made equal- while some are perfectly safe, some toys contain chemicals that can cause serious harm. In this article, we’ll explore how to be certain that your children’s toys are not exposing them to dangerous chemicals.

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Recycling toys in a social perspective

A few weeks ago I visited London and, as my partner was busy with a volunteering experience, I decided to explore toy-related places in London. And I found this: a toy store that actually does recycling toys in a social perspective. The TOY Project is an eye-catching toy shop, with an incredibly rich showcase, organizing and funding social initiatives for the neighborhood community and not only.

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DESIGN CARDS THAT TRAIN VISION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

When light passes through our cornea (transparent eye surface) to your pupil (the opening to the inside of your eye) it reaches our lens, which focuses it on your retina (the back of your eye), where it’s converted into a nerve signal and carried by the optic nerve to your brain. Now this connection system creates memories in our nervous system. These memories are then co-related to the other body parts in order to generate motion and perform tasks. That’s why this company has created “Baby Visual Stimulation Cards“, some design cards that train vision in early childhood and guide your baby through their first few years of visual discovery..

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Toy design in the age of Metaverses

The history of Metaverses is a young one and however, as many other stories of today as NFTs and crypto currencies, will most probably have a role in consumer experiences and even our lives tomorrow. And in this context toys, maybe not the ones we are used to, are not only involved but will play a big part in this new business. That’s why I wanted to understand and try to figure out what could possibly become toy design in the age of Metaverses. Just to point this question seems to let me travel in time in seconds… but let’s try first to make things as straight as possible from what I have observed so far.

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RECLAIM AND RECYCLE – A SUSTAINABLE TOY DESIGN SERVICE

Toy Designers and Toy Brands empower the next generation to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. But, future generations also need to inherit an environment that is full of promise. Most of the time, children outgrow toys or discard them due to wear and tear, and then these toys end up in landfills. By working together to reclaim and recycle materials, we can make sure the toys of the present do not become the waste challenges of tomorrow.

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HUMANISING TECHNOLOGY IN TOY DESIGN

Most of the innovation that we see in the world today is Technology-led. When we think of Technology – the most prominent word that surfaces is “Efficiency”. But the issue in recent times is the fear that this efficiency-driven Technology might scale to the point of outgrowing Human abilities and qualities. Over time, technology might start changing our DNA, our behaviour and “domesticate humans” completely. Therefore, the need of the hour is to take a step towards humanising technology. There seems to be an urgent need to blend the physical and digital mediums.

Humanising Technology refers to creating New Models of Design that are more balanced. It means to create a bi-directional relationship between Technology and the User and making machines express in a more human language.

“Technology is just a means to enable the needs of human beings”.

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A right toy for your kid’s changing age

Growth is a part of life where one develops different set of skills at every stage. As we have seen previously, how unstructured play and six bricks created activities and helped kids grow and learn with many playful toys. But, the question is how to choose a toy for proper development? Today, we are going to read about how to choose a right toy for your kid’s changing age.

For the first age category, 0-12 months. Till the age of 3 months, baby’s vision is still blurry and all they see is patches of colors. Later, they start interacting with things and surroundings that helps them engage their other senses. That is why toys for the little ones should be Bright in color, make Squeaky and crinkling noises, have different Textures on them with big bold shapes and finally they should provide different softness.

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Smart activity kits for learning STEAM education

SMARTIVITY are the makers of smart activity kits for learning STEAM education to help children of age 3+ to understand fundamentals of STEAM. They make World’s finest Smart Construction Toys to make the fundamentals FUN. They believe in the potential of child to be the maker of a better future and inspire child to unleash their true potential to be an innovator, a creator, a tinkerer, a problem-solver… as a maker of our future!

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