Months ago, I started taking pictures of the toys our kids spend the most time with. I wanted to record this in some way so I can tell them (and show them) in years to come. Then, I started Christmas shopping (I'm done, by the way- the earliest in my life) and wondered if other people might like to see what our kids like in order to get ideas for the little people in their lives. In the meantime, I started seeing other bloggers do this and because I so enjoyed reading their posts, it sealed the deal and here we are. In no particular order...
Loving Family Figures. We do not have the dollhouse or many accessories, but we do have many members of this family. Sadie plays with these people in her log doll house (a kit put together by her daddy and brother) and just about anywhere else. Here is the daddy, the sister and the baby taking a ride in the Santa Maria.
Sadie also adores her Animals. For the past six month, these have been her go-to toys. We have all manner of plastic animal figurines including dinosaurs, reptiles, farm animals, etc. She spends hours with these, acting things out, naming them, over-seeing their conversations. Oh, by the way, if she has them set-up, don't mess with them. Just ask Sam. You can find these animals at many specialty toy stores and there is also a small section at Target.
Sam isn't so consistent when it comes to his interests. He plays with a particular toy for several days, then abandons it for another. Eventually, he cycles back around. Here is Sam's Erector set. It's an original that was gifted to Sam by my grandparents. It had once belonged to their children.
Here is Sam posing with his cranes. 'Cranes' was a theme this particular week. Here, he is showing us his Erector set crane and his Tinker Toy crane (Tinker toys being another favorite of his).
The next one is a new find for us. They are called Magic Nuudles and they are biodegradable building blocks. We spotted them at our local teacher's store. Sam purchased a bag of them for $4.29. If they look like packing peanuts, it's because that's what there are- the biodegradable kind made of cornstarch. Just moisten the peanut with water and stick them together- that's it. No glue. They adhere to paper, glass and skin. When you're done with them, just throw them into the sink and run water over them- they dissolve and disappear. Since discovering these, we've also played with regular biodegradable packing peanuts and they work in this way, too. The possibilities are endless (and cheap), folks.
Ah, yes. Legos. I must mention these because they are a true favorite of Sam's and Sadie enjoys them as well. Sadie mostly builds towers and likes to ask Sam or Jamey to build her something similar to whatever Sam is building at the time. Sam is quite the little lego master, taking apart and rebuilding over and over per the directions. These directions come as easy to him as reading a recipe does to me. Give me lego directions and, well, I have to sit down, have complete silence and think on it for awhile.
Another very popular toy at our house are Klutz Building Cards. None of our sets were put together at the time of this post, but these regularly appear spread across our play room floor. Here is a stock photo of the pirate ship. There are four different sets (pirate ship, space ship, castle and something Harry Potter-related). We have all but the Harry Potter set. Each set comes with directions to build numerous things and a little action figure. The cardboard-like pieces fit together using slits, so they can be put together and taken apart over and over again.
So, there you have it. A few of our kids' current favorites. Maybe some of them will become favorites to your family as well.