There’s no need to spend oodles of money on expensive baby toys when you’ve got a whole kitchen full of “toys” just waiting to be enjoyed.
Most babies, toddlers and even Pre-Schoolers love nothing more than digging through the kitchen cabinets and playing with every pot, pan, measuring cup and Tupperware container they can get their little hands on.
Not only are these utensils just as great for developing important fine motor skills as that name brand whatchamacallit, but they also help foster a healthy dose of “big kid confidence” as children practice helping (or mimicking) mom in the kitchen! 😉
When my oldest was a toddler, I dedicated the lower kitchen drawer as “her” drawer. I filled that thing with every plastic dish I could think of: small bowls, containers, measuring spoons on a ring, lids – you name it. She would spend hours pulling everything out, one by one, then cleaning them all up again. It was great!
Do you use your kitchen wares as toys as well? What other home items do you use as toys for you kids?