|Green Toys Tractor vs John Deere Tractor|
My boys are tough on toys! Very few toys last long in our house. Sometimes, it's a good thing that the toys have a short lifetime. Other times, you just need toys that will last. The toys on this list of "tough toys for tough kids" are the gold standard of excellence. Most of them are not extraordinarily expensive, but they have all survived months of rough play. Any of these toys would make great gifts for tough kids!
|Green Toys Dump Truck from Amazon.com|
Green Toys are made with recycled milk jugs, in the USA. We love that- but what we really love is their customer service! When my boys finally do break a wheel, I only need to email the company, and they will send us replacement toys for free! I know of no other company with that sort of guarantee. If you're looking to make your toy dollars stretch, there is no
better investment than Green Toys.
|Green Toys Airplane from Amazon.com|
The "Alice" tractor in the picture is our latest Green Toys addition. It's been in the house for two months. The John Deere tractor has been in the house for 2 weeks. The "Alice" on the GT's tractor was added by my mom to make it match great-grandpa's tractor.
Green Toys makes other toys besides vehicles. We don't own their play food sets yet, but I like the dish set. The farm and fire station are cute, too. Green Toys is adding new products all the time.
We love the Cars and Planes sets, as well as the generic first cars set. And, of course, you can never have enough boxes of bricks.
On my list is a larger toy box for our Duplo collection.
Safari and Schleich Animals
|Schleich zebras from Amazon.com|
Schleich animals are atomically correct, so it's easy to tell the boys from the girls. They can also be found in families which is very great for kids, like this herd of zebras or this pack of lions. Schleich has mammals, dinosaurs, and reptiles.
|Safari Ltd Bubblebee for Amazon.com|
Safari makes miniature toobs, life cycle sets, and larger figurines both real and fantasy. We love the detail of the Incredible Insects bumblebee and the texture of the dragons. The kids have many of the Safari animals on their Christmas lists.
I could probably come up with a few more good toy brands for tough kids, but I'll leave you with this list for now.