Many children are familiar with laser lights used for exhibits, and maybe even glow-in-the-dark moonlets. These fun toys have made a comeback in the late 1980s for a variety of reasons. One is the advent of powerful computers capable of running much more advanced programs. Computers allowed more complex and imaginative applications, which led to greater demand for toys that could do similar tasks.
Laser gun toy developed largely out of affordability concerns. Although they are still expensive compared to conventional glow-in-the-dark or firework-type lights, they are still far less expensive than many comparable toys. Another advantage is that there is a lot more variety in terms of performance and output levels, since lasers of different strengths produce slightly different amounts of light. Some laser toys and accessories are even available with “white” laser light.
Children love to demonstrate their latest creation by firing a high-energy laser at it. They love to show off their skills, and like to get immediate feedback on their latest accomplishment. With laser-type toys, children get a fun “experience” while developing important hand-eye coordination skills and improving their imagination. It’s like having a computer geek in their pocket!
Parents love these toys because of safety. Since laser lights are so bright, there is no danger of damaging young, fragile eyesight. And kids can “graduate” from using the laser to other more complicated projects. For example, some laser light toys are available with the ability to “grade” light patterns and allow kids to advance from basic black and white patterns to more complex color laser patterns, like red, blue, green and yellow. This feature allows the child to advance to using and enjoying the more sophisticated equipment. If they want to advance to using a more powerful laser light, they can do so without damaging their eyesight.
Laser light toys are available in most toy stores and are relatively inexpensive. They tend to run on batteries, so timing is important when purchasing. Also, these toys are not always the best toys for very young children. Older kids may not like the idea of constantly moving and playing with a laser pointer, so it’s important to pick the appropriate toy.
One of the advantages of laser light toys is that they’re safe for use even by toddlers. And even a small laser pointer works on a full charge. The next time you’re shopping for toddler toys, look for laser light options. Your little one will thank you!