This weekend our neighbor to the northeast, Wisconsin, is hosting the Yo-Yo and Skill Toys convention. A skill toy is an item that challenges the user because of the way it has to be manipulated in order to use it properly. It may require some type of hand, feet, and brain dexterity. Let's go one step further and say - NOT ELECTRONIC!
Lately, it seems the buying of toys such as these are becoming the norm...it is for me. When kids have access to so many electronic gadgets, it's nice to bring them back to basics. Like the child who plays with the boxes after Christmas...the kids seem to like the break from electronics, too, and these are the gifts that often last a lot longer.
Bass Pro Shops has an extensive line of toys and gifts that allow kids to have fun while learning, too. Additionally, many of these skill toys can be very beneficial for children with physical or mental challenges, assisting with the development of motor and cognitive skills, depending on their level. What might be a simple act of linking fish in the Fish in a Barrel Fish-Linking game, could help develop or maintain motor skills in youngsters or the elderly.
Puzzles - The puzzles at Bass Pro Shops not only provide the matching, thinking skills, but they also provide a beautiful nature-related picture when completed, an additional learning skill. Great to redo later on a rainy day...or throw some glue on the back and frame them for posterity! Puzzles come in 550-piece or 1,000-piece sizes by varying artists such as Hayden Lambson, Russell Cobane, and Fred W. Thomas.
Wonderloom - The popular weaving loom that ignites creativity, dexterity, and patience for young and old.
Channel Craft games - From making simple log cabins, to the art of Yo's, jacks, and marbles, we have the best of the games you remember from when you were a kid. The Channel Craft line (made in the U.S.A.) focuses on simple quality-crafted games and puzzles. From a skip ropes, to MyStix, a giant checkers rug (great for vacations!), and the Mysterious Dancing Nail Puzzle, these are all great for mental and manual dexterity. These are mostly all usable indoors, on those rainy days we'll be facing, given enough room.
Outdoor games - For those wonderful warm weather days ahead, Bass Pro Shops is now carrying a large line of outdoor skill equipment. Croquet, Bocce Ball, disc golf sets, and horse shoes to ziplines, slacklines, even 12 ft trampolines - these new items are all available online and ship from the manufacturer to your home.