As I am cleaning out the house for an upcoming garage sale, I am weeding through the piles of toys never played with, and toys I haven’t seen since they were unwrapped. They are shoved under beds and in the back of closets. They are easy to sort from the toys my kids actually play with. The toys my kids play with are everywhere.
The list of toys that couldn’t hold my kids’ attentions for more than a day or so is long, while the list of toys that have stood the test of time is fairly short. Most of them are open-ended toys that allow kids to use their imaginations while they are playing to come up with countless scenarios. Kids do not get bored with these types of toys. They keep coming back to them.
Wondering what these toys are? Here are ten toys my kids actually played with and didn’t just take up space under the bed. Are any of your kids’ favorites on this list?
- Cars – You know…hot wheels, matchbox. We’ve got a big box of them that are always out.
- Nerf Guns – Nerf bullets fly through the air daily. Sometimes shot my the kids. Sometimes by the parents
- American Girl Doll – My daughter was never really a doll kind of girl and I cringed when she asked for her American Girl doll. To my amazement, she plays with it, dresses it up and takes it to friends houses or friends bring theirs over.
- Clay/Play Dough – As much as I hate the play dough mess, the kids love it. They use play dough and clay all the time to play or to model for things we are studying. (Using Clay For Science)
- Balls – We have boxes and bins of balls of all sizes and types from playground balls to bouncy balls. My son has at least 3 out at any given time for some sort of game.
- Legos–Legos. Need I say more??
- Lincoln Logs- These were a favorite of mine growing up and I love it when the kids pour the big container of Lincoln Logs onto the floor to start a new project.
- Brackitz – These are like the Lincoln Logs for the next generation. Our set of Brackitz has been out since we’ve gotten them. The options are almost endless for these blocks and connectors.
- Pattern Blocks – We’ve had pattern blocks/tiles and cards for years. We started the kids on them when they were 2 and they still return to them again and again.
- Farm Playset – I remember having a version of this playset when I was growing up. My brother and I almost wore it out. My kids have had the Little People Farm Playset for years and have almost worn their’s out, too!
What about you? What are the tried and true toys at your house?