I never really invested in toys much because I hate clutter. I only purchase those that have multiple functions, or can sharpen her skills, enhance her sensory experience or those which I know would be used for a long time.
Without wasting much of your time, let me quickly share our favorite toys from the last one year:
1.Rattles (Apt for newborns to 6 months): We didn’t really buy any. Received several as gifts and those sufficed for the first few months.
2. Ring Stacker (Apt for 6 months+): This stacker was once her favourite toy. She mastered stacking the rings when she was about 10.5 months old and after that, it never interested her much.
3. Mega Blocks (Apt for 12 months+): She is now learning to build and destroy the blocks and it’s a fun activity. A must buy for sure!
4. Shape Sorter Blocks (Apt for 10 months+): We received this amazing sorter on her first birthday as a gift and this one is by far, her favorite toy.
5. Quiet Books (Apt for 12+ months): I love these books for the fact that they are so compact and yet teach so many skills and lessons. Again, a must buy for overactive toddlers.
6. Water Wow! (Apt for 15 months+): It’s a mess free coloring book which is great for kids who like to paint and moms who hate to clean :P.
7. Finger paints (Apt for 14 months +): Or later than 14 months, depending how much your child tends to put her fingers in her mouth. But it’s an amazing activity and a great way to teach them colors.
8. Indoor Slide (Apt for 13 months +): A savior for moms of kids who love to jump around and don’t know how to exert and channelise their energy. This slide has been my favorite purchase of the year. Since we don’t have a proper play area in our society, we thought this was a great investment. And boy, was it.
9. LeapFrog AlphaPup (Apt for 12 months+): I saw a fellow blogger’s daughter love this toy and hence purchased, but my girl isn’t a big fan of it. However, she’s yet to learn to speak and I’m sure this toy will come in really handy when that happens.
10. Reusable Sticker Pad by Melissa and Doug (Apt for 18 months+): We are yet to use it in the correct way, since she’s a little young to understand how to stick. We have played/used it a couple of times and found it to be a great way to learn about animals.
And though it doesn’t qualify to be a toy, I’d highly recommend getting this open floor level book rack for your little raeder:
That’s all that we have, love and use on an everyday basis. I’m happy we haven’t purchased anything so far which has been just lying on the bottom of the toy box.
(We have a couple of toys that aren’t used much and hence didn’t make it to the list)
If you hate clutter and love minimalism, you must have probably found this article helpful. Please comment below and let me know if you did 🙂
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I won’t call myself a minimalist, but I simply can’t stand clutter. It not only takes a lot of space of your home, but your mind too. And quite unlike the perception, minimalism doesn’t mean ‘plain white nothingness’, but it means getting rid of things which aren’t of much use and living with lesser but meaningful items.
Kids need real activities to play with, and not just a hundred squeaky toys or rattles in different shapes and colours. If you’re also tired of cleaning the whole toy shelf everyday, try maintaining minimalism by following these simple tips:
- Free yourself from getting emotionally attached to objects which are of no use. For example, get rid of toys that your child has outgrown. Don’t keep hoarding toys that he doesn’t play with any more, give it to someone in need instead. This way, you won’t only de-clutter but also help another child enjoy the same way like your kid once did.
- Don’t purchase two similar toys, or even books for that matter. For instance, one board book of alphabets suffices, you don’t need to get three different types of it. Similarly for stacking toys- just invest in one of them. Most of them teach the exact same skill set.
- Don’t invest in a soft toy until your baby is at least 2 years old. I made a mistake of getting one while I was pregnant and believe me, I regret that purchase every day. Not only it’s fur entangles dirt, but the child is very small to understand how to play with soft toys and it usually ends up taking space in some nook of the house.
- Invest in toys that can be used for a long duration. Activity push walkers, for example, are useful only for a couple of months until kids learn to walk, hence not a good investment.
- Purchase toys that are versatile and multi-purposive. This will not only take less space at home but also unlock your child’s creativity to a great extent.
One such toy that I intend to talk about today is ‘Rainbow Roofs’ from Skola Toys. When I first read about Skola Toys from a few experts, I hopped on their website to see their collection. Not only was I blown away by the brilliance yet simplicity of their toys, but what absolutely loved was the fact that each toy has been designed after plentiful research and thought.
My little girl who’s almost 13 months old now, usually doesn’t enjoy playing with one single toy for a long duration. It’s difficult to keep her engaged and the only way I am able to do that is by trying a different ways of playing with her existing toys.
When I spoke to the representative of Skola Toys, they recommended me to try out their rainbow roofs. It’s basically a triangular base on which colourful wooden roofs can be stacked. Although it’s meant for kids who are aged 1.5y+ my daughter still enjoys playing with it.
It came well packaged in a medium sized box, which instantly made me realise what a wonderful gift idea would it be for kids on their birthdays.
The box was made of cardboard and had drawings on it. The contents induced: one triangular base, 7 wooden roof stackers and one small box of 4 crayons for colouring the doodles on the box. Now that’s called thoughtful packaging!
The make of these stackers is top notch and the colours used are bright and vivid- just how the kids love it. The edges aren’t sharp and the colours don’t peel off too, hence making them safe to use.
The only downside I noticed was that- the pieces are slightly heavy and young kids might find a little difficult to play with them, initially. Although I’m not completely sure about this. Perhaps, I feel so because my girl is younger than the recommended age and maybe that’s why she’s finding it a little difficult to lift.
When I first saw the box, I thought it’s a regular stacker with a different shape and style. But then I read the manual sheet and information on their website, I realised how creatively these can be used and how conveniently they transform into a variety of structures.
Here are some examples of how creative one can get with them:
There are several skills/concepts that a child can learn through these stackers
- Hand eye coordination
- Colour recognition
- Fine motor skills
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Why would I recommend this toy?:
- Space saver- one toy can be used in so many ways
- Toxin free- made of natural wood
- Bright and vivid colours
- Builds skill set and enhances their learning capacity
- Sturdy and long lasting.
All in all, it’s a brilliant product and I will definitely recommend it for kids who’re 1.5-2 years. If your child isn’t in this age bracket, don’t fret, you’ll find many more options for all age groups starting from 1year. Click here to reach their website.
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P.S. This was a sponsored post but my opinions are completely unbiased and genuine