Whether you’re an expectant mom, a mom drowning in toys, or everything in between, this post is for you!

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As I write this post, Nugget is 5 and Peanut is weeks away from turning 4. We have officially reached the “drowning” level of toy ownership, LOL. That being said, if I could narrow it down, here are my top 10 awesome toys for kids:

 

**UPDATE: Nugget is 7 and Peanut is a month away from turning 6. Time is flying by!

 

1. A ball

So simple, so basic, but so much fun!! 

This was a favorite in our house when Peanut and Nugget were toddlers:

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Now we have graduated to the following (most to be played with outdoors or in the basement, LOL):

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2. Something to stack or build with

Legos and wooden blocks come to mind but honestly…my kids love stacking anything! Boxes, caps, tupperware…you get the idea.

Legos, blocks, magnetic tiles are all great because they allow for open ended play and the possibilities are endless. These are our personal favorites:

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Cardboard boxes, lids, recycling materials all work too! 

3. Something to care for

Baby dolls, stuffed animals, “lovies”…anything to take care of. Children learn through play and imitating life (family, school, doctor’s office, restaurant, etc.) is one of the most popular themes!

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4. Something to write with and write on

It’s debatable on whether or not these are “toys”…but I’m lumping them in with the list because every child should have something to write with and write on!

These are our favorites currently:

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE Ticonderoga and Crayola!

 

5. Something to READ

Ok, so technically not a “toy” per se, but BOOKS!! Tons and tons of books. Nowadays, we love to hit up our local library but in the early days, I was definitely a sucker for board books! Here are a few of our faves:

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6. Something with wheels

Little cars, trucks, that telephone pull toy on wheels…kids love things with wheels. Cars to ride on, toy cars, shopping carts, strollers, things to drag/pull…the possibilities are endless.

A few of our favorites:

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7. Something to squish, shape, and mold

Back in my day (the ’80s, to be exact), we had playdough. Now…there are SO MANY options!! My kiddos’ favorite: KINETIC SAND. I’ll admit, I was terrified at first but it is too darn cool not to have in the house! Nugget and Peanut will literally play with this every single day.

Other fun options:

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    **SPOILER ALERT: Be prepared to vacuum. 

    8. Something to climb into/onto

    Honestly, one of my kids’ FAVORITE toys is…a cardboard box! The possibilities are endless. They LOVE getting inside and pretending it is a boat/car/house. Best part? It’s free!

     

    Looking for something a bit fancier? Try this:

    9. Something to sit under

    Again, one of my kids’ favorite places to be is…under the table! (Or under the bed…or under a blanket fort…you get the idea.) Again, this can be totally free.

    Or not!

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    10. Something that they can “imitate life” with

    Toy pots and pans, a shopping cart, a play sink, a toy kitchen, a pretend store…honestly, these can even be created with cardboard and whatever materials you have laying around your house. (Truly, real items are even better than pretend!) But my kiddos LOVE these:

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    Did I miss anything? Again, the idea is not to buy buy buy but rather, to have/give our kids ample opportunities to explore, play, and learn through their world. 

     

    Can’t get enough of my lists?!! Check out the ultimate outdoor toddler toy list.

     

    Until next time!

    10 Awesome Toys For Kids