|I can totally relate to this Barbie!|
My number one choice for favourite toy by me or my daughter would be Barbie. She was my favourite for many years and now is fast becoming my daughter's favourite. It's a little bit of escape for all of us. Perfect figure, gorgeous long hair, fashions, camper trailers, Princess Castles, you name it. Wouldn't it be nice?
Ever since the kids could 'toddle', they had a doll's pram, even my son. They'd take their dolls, cars, toy monkeys, dinosaurs, whatever, on a ride around the yard. The kids got so much use out of it.
3. A ball
Even when they were tiny weeny babies, the kids always had a ball. Whether it was a soft squishy fabric ball, a beach ball, a blown up balloon, a rugby football or soccer ball, they've always loved playing with them. They're getting a real kick out of the tiny little bouncy balls at the moment. I can remember how much joy a humble old tennis ball gave me all those years ago.
These little guys (you know the ones that get left on the floor and finish up an inch into your foot) have given both my kids (especially my daughter) a lot of enjoyment over the years. Since she was two years old, my daughter wanted to be a paleontologist. She's slowing starting to change her mind to something a little more accessible like a hairdresser. This little $2 packet of dinosaurs has kept her amused for ages as well as the stuffed kind plus the character dinosaurs from shows such as "Land Before Time" and "Dinosaur Train". I believe they teach the children to have a good sense of time and what effect the weather has on the environment.
5. Lightning McQueen and Cars
I couldn't do a blog post on my kid's favourite toys without putting Lightning McQueen and his friends on the list. It's every merchandiser's dream to have a such a range of toys and related products. I know my son's room looks like the inside of Lightning McQueen's trailer Mac but he absolutely adores Lightning and his friends. We haven't gone right into a lot of the larger packaged items like race tracks etc but he has quite a few of the Matchbox cars and he and his sister play for hours with them.
The kids have been into a lot of different character toys over the years and we've bought the occasional stuffed toy or movie promotional toy but the above have been what's stood the test of time. You could also add paper bag, crinkly paper, wooden spoon and saucepan and bucket and spade to this list because they've also had a lot of fun with those simple things too.
Head on over to Kate Takes 5 Listography to see what everyone else's favourite 5 toys are for Christmas this year and what the final Top 10 will be.
Update: 11 November 2011
This list has finally been compiled. You can find the top 5 toys, as voted by parent bloggers, on Kate's blog.