You know that feeling you get when you give your child an "educational" toy and you see that brief look of disappointment flash over their face? (Just before they recover and give you that polite thank-you, hopefully.) And you know that puzzle is going to end up at the bottom of the toy chest, as usual. Well, I've just been to the International Toy Fair, and I combed the place for super-cool, non-electronic educational toys that got me excited. These are toys I think my kid would be excited about (or would have when he was younger). Here are eight fun toys that get your kids thinking way, way outside the box.
Parents know that creative, tactile open play with stuff like sand is a real brain stimulator for preschoolers. Well, I love this stuff. Sand Puff is a lot like moon sand, only it's made with crushed sea shells and natural oils, so it's more natural. It dissolves in water. It won't dry out. It's antibacterial. And it's super fun to play with. I'm totally addicted, and I'm not a preschooler. It holds shapes really well.