I found this image the other day ... It's a photo I took of my very first telescope! I remember how proud I was of this fine instrument. It's a vintage Sears 60mm refractor telescope, and that's about all I know ... Close to model number #6343 but I haven't been able to narrow it down any more. I owned this scope for several years and totally loved it. My favorite use was to project the sun on that solar screen that extends beneath the eyepiece. Maybe that's why to this day I am so fond of solar observing!
Be careful what you label as 'toys' for your kids ... and pay attention to what captivates them. It could turn into a lifetime of learning!