I'll admit, I'm not an expert on buying toys for little ones or giving others ideas. But, yesterday when I was buying some toys for Christmas for Nathan's newest cousin, I found myself looking at each and every toy first for it's educational value and then for it's fun factor. Therapy has done this to me and I don't believe it's a bad quality.
Every toy I looked at was evaluated on what the child's going to learn and then is that educational lesson what's important for that age group. Once I found some toys that met that criteria I began evaluating them by their "fun factor." For example, Nathan's therapist thought a good toy for Nathan would be one that helps him walk and specifically picked out a good example. When I looked at that toy and the others just like it I found another that was way more fun - it had lots more bells and whistles. The car only had a horn and fake knobs that did nothing - how fun is that?
Is this normal? Is every decision this calculated when it comes to children?