Q:

Do you have any ideas about toys that can replace phones and tablets while my young children are waiting around at doctor's appointments or riding in the car? -- Game-Minded

A:

Play is so important for young children. At the same time, the amount of time that they can devote to play seems to be coming in shorter and shorter increments of time. Obviously, there are apps that have games that can be played in a short period of time. This is good because they can be educational in nature. Nevertheless, it is not deemed to be healthy for children to spend too much time on phones and tablets. To get young children away from playing only with electronic games, parents should carry around with them small toys in the car or in toy bags. There are now starter sets of Legos that are reasonably priced. There are also many miniature collectibles that allow children to have opportunity for imaginative play. Plus, there are many appealing card games. Many of these toys are close to check-out in toy stores.