If You’re Looking for the Best in Play,
You’re In The Right Place!
Join us on our never-ending playdate! We find the best in toys, some of the best thinking about play, an awesome look back at some of the most significant toys of the modern era—and so much more.
The Toy Guy® Chris Byrne has spent virtually his entire career playing for at least some part of every day. His passion for play comes from the belief that we get to make up our own lives. For kids, play serves three important, developmental functions. It provides new experiences. It allows them to explore the worlds (in reality and the imagination). And, it provides the opportunity for self-expression. Healthy, engaged play is how we discover ourselves and find our place in the world.
Everything we do as human beings begins in the imagination. The imagination is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. That’s why from a child’s earliest days, feeding the imagination is one of the most important things a parent or caregiver can do for the kids in their lives. Today’s dragons and princesses, for example, lead to tomorrow’s ability to solve math problems or write. Imagination allows us to see possibility, and from there, we take the actions to make those things real, whether it’s building a fort out of tables and blankets or solving a complicated engineering problem.
Play is also how we locate ourselves within our culture, and essentially become who we are. We have the power to make it all up. It’s not always easy, and that’s why famous educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is children’s work.” Through play we learn to succeed, fail, try again, keep going and discover who we are. It’s scary and exciting, and we hope it’s something that can last an entire life. After all, one of the great lessons play can teach us is that change is constant. How we use our imaginations and our actions to respond to change is what defines us.
TheToyGuy.com is all about play. It’s our passion. Helping kids and families experience the best in toys and play is what we do. From finding the current toys that foster imagination, social play, curiosity, agency, and a positive sense of self, to the toys adults remember, to some of the best contemporary thinking about kids, culture and healthy childhoods, our goal is to help you inspire play in the kids you love…and, hopefully, keep playing yourself.
Play is also how we locate ourselves within our culture, and essentially become who we are. We have the power to make it all up.