THE PLAYFUL PARENT: GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING TOYS THAT FAMILIES CAN ENJOY TOGETHER If you think you’re about to run out of toy options this season, think again! With the holiday season upon us, how do you know what kind of toys offer extended play value? It’s no surprise that play fosters intellectual, social and physical development. When looking for that perfect toy adults are encouraged to view toys as learning tools with different types of toys as builders of various life skills including creativity, self-esteem and cooperation. Another bonus: a toy that is fun as well as educational will engage children for more than one holiday season.