I feel bad for our girls and I understand when they get rambunctious after a short little bit. They have pretty lame toys. The dedicated baby/toddler toys that our girls have are as follows:
A Musical Ladybug that lights up (one of their favorites because it plays music)
Stuffed Animals, Beanie Babies, and other soft pull toys
A plastic microphone
A mirror thing
A fish thing
One plastic car
Some wooden “cars”
Teether rings and teether toys
Plastic/teether key ring that makes noise
One small plastic baby doll
Pretty much everything on the floor you see in the next two pictures are about all the toys they have. They do have a laundry basket of softer toys upstairs in their bedroom as well though:
They do not have cool toys as you can see, and it’s no wonder they are drawn to our electronics – the computer keyboard and mouse, phones and cell phone, ipod, PS3, TV, remote controls, controllers, metronomes, tuners, fans, and even light switches. They have buttons and make sounds and some even have cords or light up! Because of their fondness for electronics we have even given them our old computer keyboard and mouse but they still want to play with our new ones. These girls are starving for some great toddler-friendly new toys.
Of course we would buy our girls some “rad” toys if they weren’t so darn expensive. The really cool big play centers and things to sit on/in and push around are expensive and we really don’t have a lot of extra money lying around for them. So instead we give them the empty diaper box to push/pull around and put things in;
we let them climb the furniture and jump on the couch; we read them lots of books; we let them climb all over us and toss them in the air and give them hugs, kisses, and tickles; we let them explore their bathroom where they climb up into the sink and explore the medicine cabinet or get into the tub;we let them explore the bowls in the kitchen cabinets;
we let them pull open the empty drawers in our entertainment center; we take them outside and let them run around; we take them on walks; we turn on music and dance to it; we give them capped pens or our keys; and let them watch this “Get Healthy Now” Sesame Street DVD we received from WIC whose songs Josh and I have memorized and stuck in our heads.
Now that Josh is gone back to work and I am again home-bound without a car during the day, I realize more than ever the need for better sources of entertainment. It’s now that I think I should post the “Stay-at-Home Suggestions” blog entry I did almost a year ago. I love these girls and try to help them learn and develop, but am limited by my own lack of ingenuity and knowledge. This year I think it will be more important than ever to make friends, which I have to some degree already! Whenever we go to people’s house they always have the coolest kid toys and I am so jealous! It is also why we love going to the Children’s Museum or the zoo: cool things for the girls to see and do.
So I guess I’ll ask again… What do you do to entertain almost 17 month old toddlers?