We don't go in TRU much and my kids do certainly still play with toys. BUT, they play more outside with the other kids in the neighborhood than they
do playing with toys indoors, sitting online, or even watching TV.
When they're not outside with half the neighborhood, the toys & activities my kids prefer to play with run the gamut, so I do have to eyeball more
than just TRU to cover the interests of both.
For example, my older kid loves Monster High and will play with her dolls & dollhouse often. I can get that just about anywhere, but TRU sometimes has
things less frequently carried elsewhere. However, she's also an artist and is VERY PICKY about her materials' quality. Therefore, some of our
"playtime" art supplies aren't pulled from the Crayola isle, but rather, an actual arts & crafts store like Joann or Michael. I'm not going to find
Winsor & Newton paints in TRU, nor will I find her Prismacolor pencils there.
My younger kid is fairly easy to pick toys for -- if it's Star Wars, a superhero, a dinosaur, a car, or outright nerdy, she will love it (dolls, no so
much) For that, TRU is a great one-stop kind of place if we're willing to pay a premium on common brands. If we're not, we can usually find the same
thing at Meijer, it's just a choice between distance or price.
If it's an oddly specific toy request, such as a very specific dinosaur nobody carries or unusual animal toy, then I hit up Amazon. It's a sure bet
they'll have it, and at a reasonable price.
The one thing TRU was great for was picking out their bikes. They've always managed to get exactly what they love & can feel dedicated to maintaining.
As my younger kid says, it's not just a bike, it takes care of you if you love it & take care of it back (yes, this kid washes and waxes her
I don't think it's a universal retreat (so to speak) from playing with toys due to only electronics today, because I think it's a highly
regional/locality thing that isn't all that new. In Florida, most kids started staying indoors in the late 90's onward thanks to game consoles and
cable TV. The high heat and humidity also didn't help much, nobody really WANTED to be outside when it was 95 degrees with 80% humidity in the summer
(which down there is like most of the year)
I think I stopped playing with toys in general around 10 or 11, I simply lost all interest. Aged out of toys, I suppose.
Kids down there today still play games & watch the boob tube for pretty much the same climate & aging-out reasons now.
Up here in MI in my area, kids sitting on their ass inside all day is looked at oddly. There's really no high heat & humidity excuse, save for maybe a
week or two of it spread out over the summer, at most
. The kids around me are expected to go outside, enjoy the day, and socialize with their
peers, not hunker down inside with their toys. An example of that mindset being one kid down the block mine play with says her mom and dad say kids
should make their own fun outside, and her toys are for between bath time & bedtime while hair dries. Whatever works. And to be honest, I kind of
agree -- we have a major childhood obesity problem going on in this country. We should be encouraging more active play, not nudging kids into a play
room/bedroom with toys all day to stay out of the adults' hair. Both forms of play ARE developmentally important, but it's highly disproportionate now
with sedentary play being far too commonplace.
edit on 9/18/2017 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)