Hello, hello! I’m so grateful to be here, posting for Tayler today, while she’s snuggling baby Evie. Tayler is such a wonderful person, and I’m so excited for her to experience life with two kids. A little introduction, I’m Britt! I blog over at My Little Sunshines, which is a lifestyle blog where I write about all the things that bring sunshine into my life! Motherhood, my kids, my marriage, my favorite beauty products, books, and more! I’ve been married almost 7 years to Kyle, and we have two little ones, Abe (2.5) and Eliza (14 months). We live in Idaho, where I’m blessed to stay at home while my husband (a professional counselor) runs a parenting program for the state. Life is good, even if it is cold these days! 😉
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about when I first signed up to post for Tayler during her maternity leave. I just knew I wanted to help her out. But now that Christmas has come and gone, I still have toys on the brain, so I thought I’d share with you the best toys for toddlers, as tested and approved at my house 🙂 My husband and I are definitely minimalists and far as toys go. We don’t like to bring many into our home, but do like to buy quality toys that will last a long time and stimulate my kids’ imagination. (This is not to say we’re “perfect” parents at all! My kids watch just as much (or more!) TV as yours do! Ha.)
Play Kitchen and Accessories.
We just got Abe and Eliza a play kitchen for Christmas, along with some food, pots and pans, and tableware/cutlery. It has a been a huge hit for both of them, but especially Abe (my two year old). He has always loved to pretend to cook, and loves to help in the kitchen, so we knew he’d love it. Play kitchens can be kind of expensive, so my advice is to either watch for sales, or better yet, grab one at garage sale! Ours we were actually given by my sister-in-law since her kids have outgrown it. Win-win for everyone involved!
Play Shopping Cart and/or Stroller.
Abe got a shopping cart Christmas 2015 and it’s still played with daily. He just loads it full of stuff and pushes it around! And now Eliza is starting to push it around too. She also just got a stroller for Christmas and they both love pushing that around, too. Basically, a push toy an awesome gift, no matter what type it is.
Abe just got the basic train set from Melissa and Doug from his grandparents for Christmas, and that thing has already provided hours of entertainment. I love that it’s a quality toy, and Abe? Well, Abe just loves that it’s a train.
Car Mat and Cars/Trucks.
We were recently gifted the Ikea Car Mat, and with the cars and trucks Abe got for Christmas, it’s been well loved already. It came at just the right time, when our TV died, and this made the transition to no TV time a little easier. 😉
Both Abe and Eliza love playing with our baby doll. They can push her in the cart or stroller, they can dress her, they can give her a binky, they can pretend she’s sleeping or eating. They can snuggle her and love her, and it’s just the cutest thing.
I am a huge lover of reading, and a huge proponent of reading with your kids, too! We have books upon books at our house, and we especially enjoy interactive type books, or ones that have fun rhymes. There are so many great kids books out there, so you’re sure to find at least one your child will like!
So there you have it! Some of the best toys for toddlers. It is so fun to watch toddlers learn and grow, and stretch their imagination, and I could really watch Abe and Eliza play and discover all day long. Thanks for reading along today, friends! Have fun playing! 🙂