Worst Toys Not Always The Worst

A LEGO set that reinforces gender stereotypes, a ball where you insert your expensive smartphone and throw around, a storybook app starring your kid, a monkey that’s basically an iPhone holder, a 7-11 Slurpee maker—these are the worst toys of the year according to the CCFC, whose goal is to end “the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing.” The Times’s parenting blog finds the nominations amusing, but points out that a beauty shop version of a LEGO set that helps children learn spatial relationships and problem solving really can’t be any worse than LEGO sets with battleships and cars geared towards boys.

I don’t have children (yet! Who will provide me with a child?), but it’s my understanding that most toys are quickly discarded or destroyed by children under the age of 5. Just give them a big cardboard box to play in.


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Fig. 1 (#632)

Mike Dang, I cordially invite you to last year’s Christmas festivities with my extended family, in which my young boy cousin (4 yo) received a light-up airplane, a remote-controlled car, a rodeo set and other action toys. His sister (2 yo) received plastic play food, a play broom, a play vacuum, and a play kitchen/sink (a terrible one where nothing turns or opens). Everything except the food was pink or purple. Sure, she’s learning spatial relationships. But she’s also learning a whole lot more about societal expectations.

(In case you were wondering, she quickly took over the rodeo set. It’s hard to beat horses when you’re 2.)

questingbeast (#2,409)

@Fig. 1 I can’t think of a more depressing concept than ‘a play broom’.

@Fig. 1 *sigh* If I were that girl, I’d steal all my brother’s toys too. Well done going for the rodeo set. Horses!

When I was a kid, I remember getting a bunch of Lego for Christmas. But it wasn’t geared towards any particular gender back then, it was just a big ol’ box of Lego (with a few green boards to build on of course), and it was awesome! I made so many houses and animals and undefinable things. And ‘how big can I make this tower of 2ers before it falls over’ type things.

Mike Dang (#2)

@Fig. 1 This is why we should just give children cardboard boxes! They can be a house, or car, or spaceship, or whatever their imaginations come up with.

Fig. 1 (#632)

@Mike Dang I agree! Boxes were worth their weight in gold when we were children. Also, cardboard tubes. Sadly not all the adults in my extended family agree that the worth of a present is not directly tied to the price you paid for it.

Fig. 1 (#632)

@questingbeast Especially when you’ve already received a play vacuum. I mean, come on.

bgprincipessa (#699)

@Fig. 1 But how much do cardboard boxes weigh?

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Fig. 1 (#632)

@redheaded&crazy for a reasonable fee

ThatJenn (#916)

@redheaded&crazy Yes, this

@Fig. 1 I’ll do it for the low low price of $5 (can I put that on fiverr.com?)

Lily Rowan (#70)

I’m pretty sure Bag O Glass is actually the worst toy.

mannequinhands (#1,278)

@Lily Rowan Gasoline-powered sharp thing?

lizard (#2,615)

that list says kids hate books! i loved books. kids love books. dumb list!

I am 28 and still have all my LEGO at my parents’ house. But LEGO sets that include big, custom plastic pieces make me tremble with rage, whether they are branded movie tie-ins or just reinforce gender stereotypes. I mean, if you can’t give your little stylist a space helmet and a pirate sword and stick parapets on top of the building, what is the fucking point?

Brucewayne (#6,096)

That is quite a surprising set of nominations. The games like lego help the children to improve their creativity and imagination. We should let the kids to play with the toys they find interesting. Let them choose their toys. microsoft outlook email !!

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