By Luca Giannini – age 9
Boys love toys. I’ve been talking to the boys in my school class and we’ve agreed it’s a fact us boys love toys! My mum says this stay the same even when I grow up (my dad loves playing with my train sets and he’s definitely grown up).
So as I started to write my Santa list, I decided I should be a lot more careful about what I write down. When I was younger, I would ask Santa for anything I’d seen on TV, which looked a bit of fun. I want to make wiser choice now because by the end of Christmas Day I find I start to get bored with some of those toys (there’s only so many times you drive a remote control backwards and forwards across the floor!)
So this year Santa, please bring me a toy, which will last, for life, rather than only for Christmas Day? Something I will be excited about playing with well into 2018! In case you’re a bit stuck for ideas, I thought I’d give you a few.
At some point in our lives, us boys have loved playing with trains. When I was a toddler, I’d push my wooden trains up and down a fixed track. Now I’m 9, I prefer to make mini train movies using my IPad, however for this, I need more exciting accessories. Brio has jumped into the world of trains and vehicles over the past couple of years, and now they’re truly making toys for life.
Some of my favourites are the Gantry Crane, Lifting Bridge and Collapsing Bridge. Each of these is a great toy for kids aged 3 to 300, because there’s so much to do with them, so they grow as you grow. Take the Brio World Harbour Gantry Crane, it’s fantastic. Young kids roll it into place and wobble their train underneath it, treating it like a bridge. Us grownup kids have so many more uses for it. The cranes move back and forth across the bridge, then you wind the crane arm up and down towards your oncoming train by using the twist lever. Drop off your cargo and wind it back up again. The mechanics are smart!
The Lifting Bridge and Collapsing Bridge are equally full of life. The Lifting Bridge is a good strong toy, so small children are unable to break it, whilst us grownup kids find heaps of ways to make up imaginative stories. Then comes the Collapsing Bridge, wow, love this one! As your train thinks its safely cruising over a bridge, bang, it collapses into the track below. I’ll have so much fun making my mini movies with this smart piece of train kit!
So kids, think twice when making your Santa list this year, make sure you include some smart pieces, which grow with you and last a lifetime. Toys are for life, rather only for Christmas!
For further info on the toys mentioned in this feature please visit: http://www.brio.uk
What toy are you asking Santa for this year?