The other day, I headed out to Target for the usual “necessities.” I don’t know about you but there’s a list I take to Target and then there’s what actually ends up in my cart. In full disclosure, I spent the last two years going to Target with my little buddy in tow. This meant that I was in and out in 15 minutes flat. I grabbed what I needed and was out the door. However, now that we are on shore duty, I’m able to take leisurely trips, while the kiddo stays at home with Dad. It’s a beautiful thing. When you have an hour to peruse every aisle in Target by yourself, you can literally go down EVERY single aisle without having to leave your cart and run out with an upset baby. So, on this particular trip to Target, I spent some time in the toy aisle.
Perhaps it was mommy guilt over having some time to myself, or just out of curiosity, but I decided to pick up a new toy for the little man. A friend of mine had recently told me about a company called YOXO (“yock-so”), a sustainable, recyclable, MADE IN THE USA, invent-everything-you-can-imagine toy company. So, since I’m a proud military wife and love things made in ‘MERICA, I thought, “why not?” I threw the Robot looking thing in the cart and headed over to outdoor living area.
When we got home, I realized this toy was meant for ages 6-106. Not a problem. I called in Dad for reinforcements and he and the two year old quickly got together on making the “Yoxobot Orig.” I’m pretty sure my husband was more excited than the little one. The box even says it’s “ECO AWESOME,” but I have a feeling their marketing team may have enjoyed the movie “Pitch Perfect” a bit too much while designing the box. The YOXO construction kits come with directions to build one of four YOXO heroes along with three other design instructions which are supposed to keep the kiddos inspired to keep on playing. It’s pretty cool. They can build all sorts of interesting pieces out of cardboard. It’s the toy that keeps on giving. It wasn’t until a few weeks later realized why it’s called “YOXO.” The links are in Y, O, and X shapes that connect in numerous ways with everyday household items like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Because everyone needs another reason to recycle toilet paper rolls.
To make myself feel even better about this purchase, there’s a gold seal on the box stating that it won “Creative Child Awards 2014 Top Toy of the Year Award.” So, it wasn’t just another waste of $20 at Target. I’m fueling my child’s creativity and imagination!!
Turns out, my random tossing of items into my cart turned out to be a good thing this time. I’m glad I tried this company out. It’s going to make for a great, affordable gift for upcoming birthday parties. You can check out more YOXO stuff here. Have you had any recent toy finds you’ve loved for your children? If so, let us know.