Favorite toys

December 7, 2006

O.k. As I've said before most of Keely's toys are from thrift stores. We don't generally buy things with batteries or flashing lights. No thank you. A lot of her toys are rotated so she becomes interested in them again when we drag them out. We have most of the toys that Katurah listed the other day, except the Waldorf style dolls-someday I'll make one of them. Someday.  I, too, would recommend all of her children's favorites and they would be the top things on my list. However, since that would be silly for me to post the same things, here are my additions:

1. Nesting town blocks. (can't fix this weird spacing here)


This is a set of 10 blocks. Each one is painted like a town store or building and they all stack inside of the largest one for easy storage. You can find this set here and I'm sure there are others out there. Luckily, I got our set for .99 because I don't spend $25. for any toy.

2. The doll house.

It is made by Plan and again I found hers second hand for cheap. It is currently decorated with mostly cheap plastic stuff since she is still young and destructive. I have dreams of fully decking the place out with cute Plan-made furnishings in the future.

3. Puppets

We have a basket filled with them. They are fun to use when acting out a story or letting them vigorously chew on play food. You can always get creative and make your own or buy cheap sets from Oriental Trading Co.

4. Tea Sets.

We have a large plastic set that usually resides in the bath, a set in her play kitchen for cooking, and a miniature porcelain set that belongs to the stuffed animals. All sets get used a lot.

5. A dress-up box and a costume jewelry box/bag/basket whatever.

Her box has old things of ours (clothing, purses, cell phones, ties) and also children's costumes from thrift stores, especially from Halloween time. There is also scarves, hats, and wands. Oh yes, and TONS of shoes.

6. Chalkboard and/or dry-erase boards. You don't need a photo for that, right? right.

7.And the hodge-podge shot:

Musical instruments: maracas, tamborines, recorders, a drum, kazoos. 

Wood stacking blocks. Melissa & Doug offer lots of these things. We have several different sets and she has almost outgrown them all, but I still like them dangit! so they make the list!

The doctor kit! She loves, loves her doctor kit (and also, not shown, her cash register).

Letter tiles. They aren't just for me! You can find these at teacher supply stores or just use the pieces from your old games-scrabble, boggle, etc. We've made up lots of games using our sets.

Tangrams. I posted on these before.

and lastly, magnets. We have a container filled with all different kinds of magnets-animals, farm sets, alphabets, and all the other random kinds that seem to collect in our house.She fills her magnetic dry-erase board with every magnet we own and then takes them down again. Fun. Of course, there is also the standard alphabet magnets to spell out things or line up in abc order. She is also enjoying hanging up her artwork using tons of magnets.

Alrighty, that's my contribution. I hope it is helpful to someone.  This gal has so many awesome toys I have no idea what to do for Christmas. Shall I make some red peppermint scented playdough? ha. What a lame mom. I'm stumped on this.

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  • 1. lera  |  December 7, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    lots of fun toys! what child wouldn’t love all of that? keely must have a ball with dressing up.

    i think the christmas tree in the house is too cute!!!

  • 2. laeroport  |  December 7, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    I feel that way too – our kids already have everything they need and more than they want – so what to do for Christmas? More trains, I guess.

  • 3. Amy  |  December 7, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    Good list. We need more tea sets and a doctor’s kit I think. Not that we don’t already play those games…

    You need Christmas ideas, eh? Does she love snuggling and reading? Maybe you could get a bunch of new/used books, make a nice fleecy blankie for her, and give her a mug and a jar of homemade cocoa mix — all the ingredients for an afternoon of snuggling and reading. If that was all Bea got she’d be pretty happy. That and another baby lamb cause the girl is friggin obsessed.

    I saw on another blog (where? ack!) an idea to take photos of objects from your/her life and put them together in a Keely’s ABC book — K is for Keely, T is for the new treehouse Daddy built, etc. You can get a real nice book printed up on Shutterfly or you could just do something simple at home/laminated etc.

  • 4. LLA  |  December 7, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    love your (Keely’s) selection of toys – you would be able to run a fabulous preschool from your own home….


  • 5. capello  |  December 7, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    once again, WHERE’S THE LEGOS?

  • 6. Patricia  |  December 7, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    I loved the list — thanks for taking the time to put it together. It will be bookmarked for future reference in this house. Like Amy above, I’ve been thinking of a self-published book of things Peter likes, though I haven’t actually been thinking ABC but rather “My Day.” It’s a big project though, so it will have to be for his birthday in a few months. There are lots of photo places that do hardcover binding, and that may be an option — I’ve seen them priced from 16 to 19 Canadian, probably cheaper for you in the US. Or you could use a photo album. Peter went gaga over his baby photo album the other day. I had no idea it would be so popular. Take care.

  • 7. Alicia A.  |  December 7, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Great toys, mommy!

    Does she have a tricycle? Not homemade but very fun…

  • 8. greg  |  December 7, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    Keep your eyes out for a nice set of quality blocks. Kids play with them for years longer than most any other toys.

  • 9. amy h  |  December 7, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Great list of toys! I’ll have to keep the two lists in mind as Elise gets older. We’re doing tea set and mini kitchen for Christmas, grandma is covering cash register and pots/pans, and auntie is getting her either a toy car or tool set.

    How do you find so many great secondhand toys? Every time I look, they are all broken and/or dirty beyond cleaning. Of course, I don’t do much pounding of the pavement. I’m sure that’s the secret.

  • 10. joanna  |  December 7, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    Neat idea to share the toys you like. I’ve never seen the nesting town. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for something like that.

  • 11. Trisha  |  December 8, 2006 at 1:53 am

    aawww. The thought of quiet toys makes me smile.

  • 12. Luckybeans  |  December 8, 2006 at 2:53 am

    Looks fun! But so…smart and educational. ;)

  • 13. jennifer  |  December 8, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Love those blocks! I have purchased a similiar item but with a dollhouse theme. I agree with capello, Legos rule in this house as the number 1 toy, but baby boy has asked for a bike, a Star Wars lego, and a chinese restauraunt for Christmas. P.S. I think you are galaxies away from “lame mom”.

  • 14. carol  |  December 10, 2006 at 11:43 am

    what a great post!

  • 15. Siri  |  January 3, 2007 at 7:23 am

    I’ve given tupperware containers filled with different colors of homemade playdough as birthday presents for our boys’ friends when cash was tight. Love the peppermint scented idea.

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