Little Tony Little

I’m always struck by the toy industry’s determination to miniaturize adult things and try to pass them off as toys. This was something to laugh about last year in the wake of Little Tikes Young Explorer Kiddie Workstation, which is essential a tot-sized cubicle- (JUST LIKE DADDY’S!).

The same is sometimes true as the industry turns towards active play. Even if this is fun, is this what you want for your kids?

I won’t judge you for your response, but the correct answer is “No.” Granted, I could imagine my kid going ape on Aqua-Leisure’s “Kid’s First Air-Walker,” but that doesn’t make it right. See what I mean? To make matters even worse, the same line includes “Kid’s First Exercise Bench, so your kid can sit idly on a miniature weight bench and stare up wall mounted flat-panel instead of working out. JUST LIKE DADDY!

Still looking forward to finding some creative new ideas that might get kids off the couch to play without having to re-educate them as physical fitness drones.

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