TOYS, TOYS, and MORE TOYS

Can you tell by the title of this post that I was slightly overwhelmed by the toys in our household?! After Mya’s birthday in November and then Christmas, we had enough playthings to cover every shelf in our house. After returning home from three family Christmases, the house was out of control. Solution: New Years’ Day organizing party. (I’m sure this was what Derek wanted to do on his day off!) We found a place for every new plaything, rearranged some furniture upstairs, and donated a hardly-used toy for every new toy that Mya received for Christmas. We had to find a way to keep this Mama sane! I can now enjoy playing just as much as Mya. Here are some of my (and Mya’s) current faves:

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1. B. Teepee – We read in this every night before bed. A colorful light is included that projects stars throughout the teepee. This tent is well-worth its $39 price tag; and it’s super easy to assemble. The only flaw that I have found is that you cannot quickly break-it-down and hide it in a closet. You can find them at Amazon or Target.

2. Hexbug Aquabot – These are a blast in the bathtub. $10 for single fish at ToysRUs.

3. Doctor Kit – Mya likes fixing her dollies and babies and this Doc McStuffin’s kit has kept her pretty busy. You can find more gender neutral kits here and here. Prices range from $15 to $50.

4. Digibirds – I’m always a bit reluctant to noisy toys. But these guys actually interact with one another and chirp songs together. A birdcage came with one of Mya’s birds, but she hasn’t shown a ton of interest in the birdcage yet. For now, she’s just mesmerized by their melodies. You can find them at Target or Walmart.

5. Fisher Price Record Player – Hello, old school! This was first manufactured in 1971 and they put it back into production. Simple and sweet. $29

6. Portable Dollhouse – This will be great to take on road trips; and I like the fact you can just close-it-up at anytime. Another option is this one. And one creative Mama made a dollhouse out of an old suitcase! Prices range from $25 to $75.

7. Baby Doll – We were slightly reluctant to consider buying a Bitty Baby ($60) for a 2 year old, but Mya takes pretty good care of her things… so far. We bought it over the holidays when American Girl donated the same doll that anyone purchased to a hospitalized child.

8. Play-Doh – Sometimes the simplest toys are the best toys. Great stocking stuffer and easter basket item. $5 at Target.

9. Books– I used to think giving kids books was boring. But that’s not the case in our house. There are definitely days where Mya would rather throw balls and run in circles than sit and read a book; but other days she wants to read the same book over and over. And over again. This month’s faves are I’m Not Scared, Wonderful Wildlife, and Giraffes Can’t Dance.

10. Dollhouse – Mya received a beautiful, very large wooden doll house for Christmas from her grandparents. Once I paint it, I can’t wait to share it with you! (The picture above is taken from MouseHouse.)

What are some of your kids’ favorite toys right now? Or what are yours?! My greatest regret was selling my huge lot of Polly Pockets for $10 at a garage sale when I was 10 years old. But my family has heard this story far too many times, so I will digress… Happy weekend to all!

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