Here’s something you might not know about me……I don’t like toys with batteries. Something about buying batteries for toys just makes me want to go insane. And most of those battery operated toys are loud and, dare I say – annoying. Lest you think I’m a hypocrite, Annie does have some toys with batteries – an Elmo remote control, Violet the talking dog (I think it’s a dog), and Limbo Elmo. Do you sense a theme around here? Anyway, a few toys I don’t mind – but Annie’s toys for the most part are NOT ELECTRONIC. I don’t want her to have electronic toys. I want her to embrace her creativity and play with simple things…..and guess what? She prefers toys WITHOUT all the pomp and circumstance. So, today I’ll share my top 5 favorite toys for Annie……keep in mind, she’s 2 ½.
Confession – She does have some toys that Barry and I just never put the batteries in. Uhhh, oops? 😉
Annie has a small area of the kitchen where she keeps her toys. It’s her “kitchen” where she “cooks.” She’s got some toy food, a few of my old kitchen utensils (no knives, ha!), and some plastic plates and cups for “cooking.” My favorite part of this little area is her fabric food that I picked up at Ikea on a trip. It’s the exact set you see on the left. I LOVE it! It’s easy to clean if it gets dirty….it’s soft, and because of the fabric type, it sticks together if you need it to – unlike plastic food. So, fabric toy food ranks really high on my list. You can buy felted toy food all over Etsy. No batteries required….score!
Every child should have a good set of blocks. I scored this Melissa and Doug set on a daily deal site last year. I think I ended up paying $5 total. It’s been a GREAT buy! She plays with them every day. Every. Day. They come in a cute little bag, so they’re easy to store….and trust me, you want to store them. Stepping on a block in the dark is NOT a fun experience and might cause you to lose your religion for a minute. They’re not just blocks for stacking, they also have letters and animals on them – the uses are endless…..especially with creative children. And aren’t all children creative? No batteries required….score!
Another toy Annie plays with every day? Her doctor kit. I picked her kit up at Wee-Cycle It last year for $3. She wants to doctor me. She wants me to doctor her. If you come over, I can assure you that you’ll get doctored. Have an ailment? See Doctor Annie. Another great buy. One of the best ways I’ve used this so far, is on doctor visits. Annie is super scared of going to the doctor. So, we take our doctor kit with us and she keeps that with her. I will say that it’s helped a lot. No batteries required…..score!
If I had a nickel for every time Annie played with her Magna Doodle, I’d be rich…..or a dime for every time Barry played with it. Seriously, Magna Doodles are fun stuff, man! I love drawing on them….and erasing it before Barry can see and laugh. They are so portable – in the car, at the store, at church, etc. They bring hours of entertainment for
me and Barry Annie. This might rank at my #1 favorite toy……at the moment. 🙂 No batteries required….score!
Okay, here is my splurge toy on the list….it’ll set you back about $200. However, I am tighter than Dick’s hat band, so if I like it you know that means something. We LOVE Annie’s learning tower. Barry made hers and it’s been one of the best things we’ve done. It allows Annie to learn AND play in the kitchen. Currently she’s learning to “wash dishes”….but it’s more like play in the bubbles at this point. It moves easily to wherever I’m working in the kitchen. It allows me to get things done while Annie “helps” instead of trying to crawl up my leg. Definitely no batteries required here….score! And this “toy” lasts for years and years – for all your children and likely your grandchildren. So, I consider it a good splurge.
So, there you have it! I could list at least five more, but you might fall asleep, bang your head and get a concussion….that wouldn’t be a Happy Holiday.
What’s your #1 favorite child toy that doesn’t require batteries?