15 Household Items That Are Also Toys Toddlers Love
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Children develop many physical, emotional, social, and language skills through play. As a parent, I think it's important to maximize your child's play by getting on the floor and talking with them. Starting at age 2, a child will develop more advanced play skills, engaging in make-believe games and fantasy roles. Favorite activities include dressing up as their favorite superhero and pretending to boss around their siblings as the “mommy” or “daddy.”
Children will also start to use various objects for a variety of functions. As an example, every long, stick-like object becomes my son's lightsaber or sword. Even my knitting needles turn into a weapon. There are so many everyday household items that toddlers love to play with.
Try these 15 items you probably already have around the house as toys to inspire imaginative play.
1. Pots, pans, spoons, measuring cups, cooking tongs.
2. Laundry baskets, empty or full of clothes.
3. Empty food boxes of various sizes.
4. A large, shallow bucket filled with dry pasta.
5. Remote controls (always remove the batteries to prevent any accidents).
6. Shaving cream lids make the perfect-sized cups for pouring while in the bathtub.
7. Cleaning tools–broom, dust pan, spray bottle filled with water, sponges.
9. The toilet bowl brush — GROSS, I KNOW! But for some reason, it seems to make the perfect mop for the bathroom floor.
10. The sink–my kids are constantly sneaking into the upstairs bathroom and playing in the sink. If I need 15 minutes to get something done in the kitchen, I usually can distract my toddler (and preschooler) with a kitchen sink full of soapy water and cups.
11. A rubber ball in a small plastic food-storage container.
12. Plastic cups of various sizes–great for stacking, hiding, nesting, scooping, sorting, and water play.
13. Empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls–turn them into musical instruments, racetracks, and much more.
14. Empty wipes container.
15. Retractable tape measure — My boys are forever swiping my tape measure I use for sewing.
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