If you're looking for a toy that will take your children away from the computer games and television screens - consider giving them a toy the encourages pretend play.
Pretend play is very important for all children developmentally. It encourages them to use their imaginations and that is something many children don't get to do when the majority of their playtime is spent either watching DVDs or playing video games have base value as they do require skill and do develop some hand and eye coordination, but do not take the place of creative left brained thinking nor do they help develop social skills or expand imaginations.
In order for your children to develop to their full creative potential, they should be encouraged to participate in playtime activities that encourage pretend scenarios and other make-believe games. A great pretend play toy is a throwback to your own childhood that you may remember well.