Sometimes it’s so hard to find good toys for your kids…by “good” I mean ones that will last through siblings and aren’t junk. Ones they don’t use once and toss aside. Ones that make them use their brains and their hands and their imaginations. I really detest the junk…the batteries, the breakage, the frustration felt by kids when toys break for no reason, or don’t work the way the commercial says they will. We don’t have many toys…but they add up fast with 5 kids. I try to add to collections and find the good stuff..
I thought I’d give you a few good ideas in case you were in the market for some soon. (wink wink)
Here’s some of our favorites.
…from oldest to youngest they’ve been an old stand-by.
Find and Say books…this one if for littler ones, but I know there are some great ones for older kids-.
Zingo-a great quick game for preschoolers.
Seriously, I have no idea what the appeal is…but this giant foam USA puzzle has been around for at least 10 or more years….something about the foam and large pieces? Here’s one like the one we own: Foam U.S.A. Map Puzzle
…this is so fun…and I am NOT a game person. It’s addicting for adults and children….Andrew was totally into this even as a 5 year old! This is a family favorite for sure.
Groovy Girls….Abbey has never been much of a baby doll girl, but these dolls are SO cute…she would dress them up, and even take fabric scraps and pin them together to design new outfits. They have been a huge hit when friends and cousins come to play too!
Of course. A great magazine…without all the boy/girl crap…just the cutest ever!BeTween: A Preteen Girl’s Guide to Life
There are a couple of these magazine-like books…great for any pre-teen girl.
Guinness World Record books-An annual purchase…the boys love these.
My mother-in-law bought each of the kids this treasure box a couple years ago from a local toy store. I think they might even have them in Michael’s now? They are filled with all those little things I’d throw away if I could, but I can’t.
Zoobs-My kids all have loved these….I would say by 4 they are old enough to clip these together. They come with lots of ideas for what you can build. You need to buy a container though, because the one they give you…you can never get them all back in…(don’t you hate that?)
And of course, the wooden train set, that has been added to for 16 years. Abbey loved it as much as the boys.
Elefun-Patrick loves this dumb old elephant…and honestly the older kids can’t resist either.