• Sarah Nantel


I don’t think I will be buying Anders any more new toys. I know I say that, but I will end up caving in.

As Anders grows, he has become less interested in toys and more on the things that he’s not allowed to play with. Cables, cabinets, door stoppers, baby wipe boxes, keys, shampoo bottles, tin cans, water bottles…everything in the house that’s not in his play area. He can sit and play with tupperware for a VERY long time- meaning more than the mere 60 seconds he plays with some of his toys. He’s actually interested and is discovering how to put lids on the containers and figuring out how the little one fits into the bigger one. He’s content to play by himself as I watch from afar.

So when he’s bored with his toys, I just randomly pick some objects from the room we are in and let him explore and play with it. It encourages independent play and discovery (of course, making sure the objects are safe, big enough not to be swallowed and keeping a close eye on him). I pull out things with different textures, colours, shapes and sizes. Putting the items in his mouth is usually his first move. Then he goes on to touch, roll, bang them together and his favourite of all- throw it!

I have found that it’s easier to have a basket all ready for Anders the day before or have a few set out so that when he’s bored of his toys, I can just grab the basket and let him explore some new interesting things! You can decide how many or little items you put in your basket.

All you need are:

  • Bins and baskets

  • Items you find in your house

See the charts below for some ideas of items to add to your baskets. You can also organize the baskets by theme, texture, colour, season – it is all up to you! Or you don’t even have to organize it at all, a simple walk around the house, a search in your drawers and closets and you will have some brand new interesting toys for your kids and babies to play with.

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