In her guest post last week Zoe mentioned that Harley likes to play with the most “unintentional toys, like USB sticks, old gaming controllers“. Kids are generally like this, you spend a fortune on the best, highly recommended educational toys and they end up spending hours with the box it all came in. We try not to buy our kids toys, we leave this to the grannies and friends at their birthdays. Even though they are all different ages, we have a lot of toys, many of which they don’t even play with.
There are a few toys that I can recommend buying. These are the toys that my kids have spent hours playing with and return to time and time again.
Lego. This is a biggy in our house. We have boxes of it and almost weekly they will sit and build various things with it. Lego isn’t really cheap but there are endless amounts of things you can do with it. My mom has Lego we had as children, so it is one of those things that will last years and years.
Bilibo. I love this toy. I reviewed it a while ago and it is something my children still play with. Jack often sits in it and spins around while he is watching TV and Emma has recently started trying to get it right.
Peg Board. Jack received this as a gift a few years ago, he got hours of fun out of it and now Emma is playing with it as well. It is a cool toy for teaching hand-eye co-ordination, patterns, sequencing and a whole lot more.
Colouring books and crayons. You can not ever have enough of these. We have a box where I add all the old pencil crayons, pens, and other stationery that lies around or comes home with the kids, so that they always have something to colour in with. Jack is really enjoying this at the moment and Kiara is never without paint or crayons.
That is my entire list. Honestly I do not think you need anything else. Yes the dolls and the cars and the many many puzzles are great to have and do probably have some value. If I took everything but these 4 items out of our home today I don’t think my kids would notice.
I have to add that while I was writing this my kids played for 45 minutes with 10 empty plastic party pack buckets.
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