Fun and games

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 October, 2011, 12:00am


Toys Club motto is to bring the hottest, trendiest and most educational well-tested toys for children to Hong Kong, while keeping costs down and providing the best possible service for customers.

For the past 13 years, Toys Club has achieved just that. From two spacious stores - one in Central and the other 4,000 to 5,000 sqft store on the 19th floor of Horizon Plaza - it caters to children from birth to 12 years old with stimulating toys from baby bath toys to building sets, and arts and crafts, bicycles and scooters.

'We pick toys according to the various stages of child development,' says Toys Club owner Joan Szeto.

'The appropriate toys help children to learn problem-solving skills, cognitive skills, gross motor skills and to stretch their imagination. All this helps them do better in school.'

Toys Club carries quality top-brand toys. Their infant toys feature items with contrasting colours, sound or music, shapes and textures to develop the five senses and motor skills.

Its toddler toys help to develop social skills and independence with such items as kitchen and tool sets. Then for early childhood, imaginative toys, such as Play-Doh and building blocks, and outdoor ones such as tunnels, trampolines and basketball sets, are popular. For older children, craft sets and Lego are still well-received for self-development.

Safety is also considered before stocking a toy. 'All our toys are imported from the United States,' Szeto says. 'Buying from us ensures quality and safety as all of our toys are from big manufacturer names and they have to conform to the stringent safety standards in the US.'

Parents can check for themselves before buying a toy, Szeto says, who recommends looking for American Standard for Testing Materials, or the European CE pass for consumer safety and health on the boxes before buying.

Great buys for Christmas from Toys Club include the calculator cash register for ages three to eight; the product has won 23 awards for excellence and features a solar-powered calculator, and holds life-size bank notes.

The talking microscope lets children view 12 bugs close-up and has facts and quizzes about them. The rainbow bean bags are a favourite with children and the rainbow peg-play activity set helps children practise colours and numbers, shapes and hand-eye co-ordination.