So here it is. The obligatory baby gear post – what the heck do you need really? I break it down for you. [Read more...]
As parents it is easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest toys, but what if the best ones are just lying around our house? So I did a little research and put the theory to the test.
1. Plastic Cups. Cups are great for a number of reasons. In different colors they can help with sorting. They can be stacked (and toppled over). My daughter is obsessed with our own adult water glasses so she simply imitated what we do – drink out of them.
2. Paper Towel Rolls. The possibilities here are endless. Use it as a “megaphone.” Look through the hole. But our favorite thing to do is hit them on things or together. Wrap them in colorful duct tape to make them more durable and use them for color learning
3. Colander. I found a small plastic colander at the Dollar Store the other day thinking future kitchen play size. I gave it to my daughter to see what she would do. It was an absolute hit. She clangs it together with other toys, scratches her fingers over the holes, and puts it in and out of baskets. It also sort of acts like a weeble wobble. Older kids with a regular size colander can use it as a hat or combine it with yarn or pipe cleaners to create a weaving fine motor skills activity.
4. Wooden Spoon. Most commonly used by kids as a household drum stick, spoons are probably the best known non toy, toy in the house. Cora likes to bang it on pots and pans and our hard floor.
5. Cookie Cutters. My daughter really likes the plastic cookie cutters I gave her. We talk about shapes, and when she gets older she can use them with playdough.
6. Water Bottles. Water bottles are commonly known by many moms on the go. They crinkle (every baby’s favorite sound), and with a little water in them provide even more interest.
7. Mixing Bowls with Lids. They’re drums, they’re stackers, they’re sorters! So many options in such a simple thing.
8. Boxes. Ah yes, the infamous box. Get one large enough for your child to fit in and you’re golden. It’s a house, a castle, a drive through, even a car. The possibilities are only limited by your child’s imagination.
9. Hair Rollers. This was a suggestion I read about on another blog. Many of us don’t have these around the house anymore, but can easily be picked up at the dollar store. They roll, and can be placed inside one another. Another big hit.