With my kids getting older, I haven’t bought too many toddler gifts recently. But thanks to my kids really getting older – making me a grandma kind of older – I’ve discovered I did Christmas gifts all wrong when my kiddos were little! They didn’t even know what’s going – much less care what they got! After observing what entertains my grandson, I’ve compiled an official list of go to Christmas gift ideas for your favorite toddler.
- An empty box – Empty boxes are especially versatile. They can be filled with other toys (see following) to later dump on the floor. Empty boxes are also fun to push around the floor, wear on your head, or provide extra seating. Plus you will have a handy container to store all those other fancy toys when the box is not in use.
- Plastic balls – Hollow plastic balls also provide hours of entertainment, in segments a few minute. Be sure to use something bigger than a ping pong ball to avoid a choking risk. What I like most about these beauties, is that he can throw it any direction without the risk of breaking my stuff or injuring me. Combine them with the above empty box for an added musical dimension.
- Solo plastic cups – The red ones do seem to work better, not in the Toby Keith way. We have found stacking them into towers is a highly effective in distracting him from getting into things he’s not supposed to, and from crying. His attention is quickly diverted to crawling or walking to said tower and knocking it down. As he gets older, sometimes he throws things at it to knock it down. He has also recently begun to experiment with stacking the cups together, which is very helpful at clean up time. They are also surprisingly sturdy; we’ve only lost one cup to his crushing power.
One of the great parts of being a grandma is the increase in knowledge that accompanies the advancement of years. Learn from this grandma – save your Christmas budget for when they can pronounce words like Xbox and Ipod.