Toys. We love them, and we hate them. (Stepping on a race car or lego is not a fun time!)
There are so many choices, and advertisers make lots of money trying to convince us (and our children) that their toys are the best. Well, I have a couple of tried-and-true recommendations for you that are suitable for babies through preschoolers. They are open-ended, easily cleaned, and you may want to buy more than one of each.
Drum roll, please . . .
1- Soft blocks
2- Nesting plastic cups (These aren’t the exact ones we own, since I found ours at Dollar General for about $5.00)
Yes, I’m serious. It’s that easy. The blocks can be stacked, rolled, put in bowls, dumped out, squished a bit, and they don’t hurt nearly as much as wooden blocks. The plastic cups can be stacked or nested, used in the bath, outside, and for other imaginative play.
We have had both toys for a while now, and our 2.5 year old plays with them often. They may be my go-to baby gift and recommendation from now on. 🙂