What kind of toys do your kids want for Christmas this year? Are they into the type of toys I affectionately label as noisemakers? You know the kind: fire trucks with oodles of buttons that make siren and horn sounds, dolls that sing or talk on their own, board books with sound effect buttons on the side…
I have to say both my kids love noisemakers of all kinds, from kazoos and whistles, to the fancier electronic toys. This is especially true with my son. What is it with boys and noise? They seem to go hand in hand; the louder the better for him, as I learned when we banged on pots and pans a few days ago.
When we go to the toy aisle at the store, he is immediately drawn to the cars – any car he finds, even Barbie’s if we’re in that aisle. But the ones he seems to especially like lately are the ones that make noise.
There is only one thing I wish toy makers would do when it comes to these noisemakers. I wish they would all come with an off button. The noise doesn’t bother me too much when they are actually playing with the toy; it’s when the toy goes off all on its own. We have several little trucks that make sounds when pushed, and it seems the slightest vibration sets them off sometimes. It can happen at the most inopportune times – like when I’m rocking the toddler before bedtime.
*Post written on behalf of your friends at U.S. Toy.