A poll of 2,000 parents also found many yearn for their kids to ditch their high-tech gadgets and try traditional toys such as chemistry sets, yo-yos and skipping ropes.
Cameras, science sets and telescopes also made the top 30 list – all toys which those who took part said had a positive effect on their own childhood.
Art sets and easels also featured, with one in four adults agreeing a child’s toy should encourage them to be in the hope it boosts their self-expression and confidence at an early age.
Andrew Roscoe, of Very, which carried out the study, said: “Toys are so important to a child’s development and education; they can lead children to new discoveries, helping unlock their potential and their budding passions by encouraging learning, compassion and creativity.
“This can help set them up for the future and even spark a lifelong interest that can develop into a career path or hobby.
TOP 30 CHILDREN’S TOYS:
3. Board game
4. Teddy bear
6. Wooden blocks
7. Art sets
8. Modelling clay
9. Toy animal
10. Skipping rope
11. Musical instruments
12. Dress up clothes
13. Toy cars and vehicles
14. Train set
16. Shape sorters
17. Small figures
18. Play kitchen
19. Baby doll
20. Science kit
21. Doll’s house
22. Art easel
24. Ride on car
26. Chemistry set
27. Tool bench
28. Remote controlled car
29. Magic kit
“It’s important for children to play with all sort of toys – from toy cars and dolls to construction kits and telescopes.
''All of these can benefit them in a number of different ways, developing skills across many different platforms.
“Adults acknowledge the fact there were certain toys during childhood which had a really positive impact on their growth and development.
''This shows how toys can encourage inquisitiveness, physical exercise and creativity, as well as social skills development when playing with peers.”
Over two thirds of the parents polled said their children play with the same toys they did when they themselves were young, showing how timeless classics that help with a child’s development endure more than the tech-centric toys of today.
The study also revealed most adults believe young children should be exposed to shape sorters, dolls, teddy bears and ride-on cars, while those of a slightly older age benefit from bikes, train sets, telescopes, and chemistry sets.
One in 10 adults highlighted role-play as an important factor in play time, with dress up clothes and play houses featuring in the list of the top 30 toys children should own.