Although TV commercials and catalogs are filled with character toys and noisy electronics with flashing lights, we try to stick to open-ended, creative toys that challenge and engage our girls (although their are certainly exceptions to that!).
Here are some of our family’s favorites toys and newest discoveries:
I absolutely love Insect Lore and all of their living kits! The girls received their first Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden several years ago for Christmas, and ordering new caterpillars so that we can watch their metamorphosis has become an annual spring tradition.
Earlier this year, my six-year-old asked for this Power Wheels Dune Racer for her birthday, and all of her grandparents agreed to pitch in to get it for her. It’s been the source of hours of fun for the girls as they load up for adventures around our yard, race around in laps, and practice their driving skills!
We don’t have a set of Straws & Connectors yet, but after seeing the creations that Kat’s kids build, it’s definitely on my wishlist. This simple building kit provides hours of open-ended fun as kids build forts, vehicles, spaceships and more!
Three years ago my husband bought the Alex My Busy Town Activity Center for our then two year old’s birthday, and I actually thought it was an, ahem, stupid gift. However, it is consistently the most played with toy in our home, and it’s definitely one I’ll be keeping for our grandchildren!