My grandson's birthday is coming up soon. Hard to believe he will be turning eight. Grandchildren really do grow up just too darned fast! I don't understand how they manage it.
I looked up area toy stores on line and I found a small, local place called the Toy Lab in the heart of historic Sarasota. It had some outstanding reviews so I decided I would brave the season traffic and check it out.
It was a charming little store, filled with all kinds of interesting things. Not a video game in sight, but I don't think even an eight year old would miss them if he found himself standing inside the place.
It was a challenge to make a final selection. So many fun and interesting things--and educational. Pity the grandchildren of educators. They know they are going to get educational toys for birthdays.
I chose this:
They are magnetic pieces that can be used to construct different gizmos This set has gears that add some movement to the creations.
Since my grandson can spend hours building forts out of cardboard tubes, I figured he could have some fun with this.
I also bought a package of clay. He used to love playing with playdough, and I thought playing with clay might be good for his fine motor coordination (or lack thereof). See what I mean about the educational thing?
I will also send along a book (of course!!) of optical illusion puzzles as that should play to his strength.
I do hope he enjoys his gifts...even if he learns something as well.