A ballerina; an astronaut; a soccer player; and a movie star.
As a kid, those were just a few of my contenders when it came time for the ever-popular game of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As far-fetched as some of those career paths may seem—spoken from the mouth of a full-time, professional toy tester—when you’re young, nothing is impossible and the sky is the limit.
Toys that encourage kids to dream big during playtime are true diamonds in the rough. A little role play and some extraterrestrial toys may be all it takes for the next Neil Armstrong to emerge, and grab a few dress-up accessories and a trophy, and the future Viola Davis will already be practicing his or her Oscars acceptance speech.
When we give kids these unique toys, we foster their creativity, as well as get those gears turning to work towards brighter futures. Here are some of my favorite toys that encourage kids to think big during every “When I Grow Up” playtime session.
A racecar driver is easily one of the coolest jobs EVER. Back in the day, you could find me at the arcade, speeding my way to victory in some type of simulated racecar game. This Cars 3 interactive steering wheel reacts to movements throughout the ride, and the light-up dashboard looks just like the one in mom’s or dad’s car. Fun sound effects guide kids along the way, and speedsters can also connect an audio device to record and play back their favorite sounds for the ultimate racing soundtrack. Cue, “Life Is a Highway.”