Moms and Dads, give us your wisdom (in the comments section below) on whether or not to buy "educational toys" for your children.
The marketing messages start when your child is still in the womb. "Listen to this music and raise your baby's IQ," they say.
When the baby is born, the pitches urge you to buy black-and-white mobiles and Baby Einstein and Baby Mozart DVDs to develop your baby's brain. Then there are construction toys and puzzles that teach numbers, shapes, letters, animals, continents and quantum physics (OK, just kidding about the quantum physics).
For older children, you can get architectural building kits of the Eiffel Tower, talking globes, marble runs, Brain Quests, auto design kits and toys that project the planets on the ceiling of a darkened room.
Some parents love these kinds of toys: others just buy the traditional Barbies, remote-controlled cars and action figures.
What kind of toys do you buy, and why? Scroll down to the comments section, below, and tell us!