Save your money because there are plenty of things around the house kids want to play with. You know every parent has some version of the same story. Their kid asks for an expensive gift. Someone buys the expensive gift. Kid is more interested in the twisty-ties holding it in the box.
While my husband was away on business a while ago, he sent a fun gift for the kids. While our son enjoyed the pricey toy, our daughter was amused with the packing paper. They both got the same amount of fun, but not for the same price.
You might have an entire room or two devoted to toys in your home, but that won’t prevent kids from complaining they are bored.
Our family has two children; a boy and a girl five years apart. They may not have much in common, but they often enjoy playing together. When I paid closer attention, I noticed they had a mutual enjoyment for stuff that wasn’t toys.
Save your money because there are plenty of things around the house kids want to play with.
Things with buttons.
Kids love pushing buttons. They know buttons often control things and it’s one of those things they are rarely allowed to touch. Let them have some of your old remotes.
Boxes and cardboard.
The possibilities are endless with this material. Kids can build structures or craft artwork. Most households also seem to have an endless supply that is often tossed into the trash.
Something that belongs to you!
Kids love to mimic and copy mom and dad. Before tossing out that old purse or ball cap, pass it down. It makes kids feel special when they know they have something that was special to you.
Whatever you’re holding!
It is a common reason for the smallest kids in our families to fuss over whatever we are holding in our hands. Remote control, cell phone, car keys. If it’s safe (and you aren’t worried about damage or losing it) just hand it over and let them investigate.
Something to ride.
Kids are always in motion!
But even in the house there are ways to get them moving. Piggy back is an old favorite. Or chairs that swivel and spin can be fun too.
Something to stack.
Boxes, books, or a pile of folded towels. Kids love towers, especially when the height surpasses them. Balancing objects is a good motor skill. It also requires a lot of patience and strategy too!
Something that opens and closes.
One of the first games many babies learn is peek-a-boo. Doors, lids, and boxes are great ways for hiding fun things. Older kids like more complicated mechanics and especially things that lock.
Cooking has gained a lot of popularity with kids. Let them use some kid friendly kitchen utensils. They can make some noise or the older kids can even help you out with the food prep.
Blankets and pillows.
My sister and I would lose entire weekends hiding out in blanket forts. Stepping on pillows to avoid stepping on the floor is a great indoor gross motor activity too.
Our own kids have very little in common. But despite their differences, they share a sense of humor. They love being silly together and getting attention from one another. You can usually put any two kids in a room and they will find endless ways to entertain themselves.
DISCLAIMER: Just remember whatever activities you try, safety should be your first concern. Make sure materials and activities are age appropriate and adjust accordingly if necessary.