It’s November. The extended families are drawing names for the gift exchange and we’re all wondering what to get those little nieces and nephews. In my opinion, there are two types of toys: toys that I like for my children and toys they actually like. Sometimes they’re one in the same, but most of the time that Pottery Barn kids thing that cost a small fortune gets tossed to the side while that hideous piece of Frozen paraphernalia has 9 lives and just. won’t. die.
So, based on my experience with exactly one toddler, today’s roundup consists of toys that Little Girl (currently 2-years-old) plays with over and over that I don’t wish to roast on an open fire.
These puppies are the solution to your car trips. You fill the pen with water and as it touches the black and white pages, the pages turn to color. It’s like coloring (sans mess, sans thousands of crayons). If you lose the pen the book just requires water. I love these things and, more importantly, so does Little Girl.
This is one of those remakes of an oldie that Fisher Price has been making. The milk bottles come loose and it’s one of those pull by the string toys. Little Girl got this for Christmas last year and still plays with it all the time. Genius. Oh and the vintage look of this toy does not make me want to gouge my eyes out.
This may be bright pink and have lots of little parts, but it makes up for its overt toyishness in the hours my child will play with this thing. Whether it’s pressing the buttons (yes, they make noise) on the teapot or filling the cups with water or pretending to serve everyone cupcakes, Little Girl is almost always playing with at least a piece of this thing.
Stethoscopes and shots and blood pressure cuffs are exactly the kinds of objects our kids are told not to touch all the time, so having their very own makes for hours of enjoyment. It also seems like playing with doctor toys helps to demystify our doctor visits and make them less scary.
This is not a joke. My child loves bubbles and stickers more than anything in the world. Don’t break the bank for Christmas when $5 and a trip to Target is everything you need to be an allstar gift giver.
So what has worked for you? What toys do your toddlers love endlessly?