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The amount of toys available for kids these days can be overwhelming. Does it light up? Check. Is it loud? Check. Does it supposedly teach them 101 skills that you could never possibly teach a kid in a day? CHECK! But what about a toddler’s favorite toys that aren’t toys at all?
I have researched every single toy in our house. I spent more time looking at toy reviews than I spent looking at places to live. I chose ones that would fit in our tiny house. I chose ones that were multi-taskers and taught my toddler a wide array of skills. I chose ones that had different variations as he grew so it would last us for a number of years.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve spent on toys for my son. I can’t even begin to tell you how much other people have spent on our son. We have everything that Toys R Us told us our child would love or that some website ranked as the number one toy for kids his age. Our living room has been taken over by the biggest, loudest, and most vibrant toys money can buy.
I know what you’re thinking. Here comes another Best Toys list pitting Fisher Price and VTech against each other. Nope. Put the wallet away and get those clicky fingers off of Amazon. You may already own all of these toys.
Here’s my toddler’s top five favorite toys that actually aren’t toys at all.
Phones and Remotes
I decided this should be one category because he shouldn’t be playing with either but when he is it’s the best day of his life. He will never smile at Beat-Bo the way he smiles at my Comcast remote. Never. The remote doesn’t light up. It doesn’t sing. I would never remove the batteries because the remote brings value to the home that cannot be replaced or turned off.
My Samsung Galaxy phone is probably his favorite toy. I have to turn it on Airplane Mode because I refuse to have my young son post as me on a social media site already. Rion has a few apps on my phone and it’s very much my fault for even using the phone to show him how much fun it is. He sees it and he wants to scroll. His play phones do none of this making them completely useless in our house.
You know those things that the big toys come in? Those are way more exciting than the toy you’re putting together for your kid. Why can’t we just buy the colorful boxes? They provide hours of entertainment. They’re probably easier to store. Your kid can climb on the box and can climb in the box. He can probably play with the box with a fox. He can open and close the flaps. He can drag it across the floor as if it’s on wheels. That toy that came with it? Psh. It has nothing on the box it came in.
We have two empty photo albums because I’m either too lazy or too busy to actually put photos in it. You can choose, but choose wisely. These completely empty white 4×6″ photo albums go with my son all over the house. He will take these empty books from room to room, showing us the empty pages, and pretending to read the nothing that it contains. One day, Supermom will fill these pages with things to look at, like animals, letters, words, and pictures.
I sure hope Supermom shows up. My son would enjoy not playing with all of her handiwork.
Tupperware is probably the only thing that may resemble some kind of toy. I’d consider them his building blocks as he is able to stack them and swap out the lids. He usually just throws them around. He loves the smacking of the closed Tupperware on my hardwood floor. He also likes leaving them all over the house just in case a Tupperware party breaks out and I need to show off all the Tupperware we own.
I should probably just include everything in the bathroom in this one, but he loves the toilet paper way more than the toilet brush and the scale. Adults hate both of those things anyway. The toilet paper. Ah. So, you know how when you’re a mom and you can’t even use the bathroom without your kids bothering you? This is how he discovered toilet paper. We have to keep him away from all bathrooms or else he will spin the roll around and around until half of it is on the floor.
Also fun, ripping the toilet paper as you unroll it. I had no idea until I caught Rion doing this and laughing. Silence is scary, but so is laughter if you’re not around to see why he’s laughing.
There’s my son’s Top Five favorite toys as of right now. As with a toddler being a toddler, this will change daily. Maybe even hourly.
What are your toddler’s favorite toys that aren’t toys at all?
44 thoughts on “My Toddler’s Top Five Favorite Toys”
Aside from my phone (because she knows how to call daddy and how to get my music playing) my toddler is in love with anything she can turn into a microphone. Pens. Markers. Anything that her siblings leave around. Basically anything besides her actual play microphone…..
That is so cute and innovative! Maybe she can use the microphone for something else!
Haha, my daughter just turned 1 last month and she LOVES all of those, too! The worst for me is the toilet paper… she sneaks into the bathroom every single time the door is left open (I now try to make a habit out of keeping it closed!) and quietly pulls all the paper off the roll! Later on I go in there to find all the toilet paper on the floor!
If we don’t leave the bathroom door closed, it’s a disaster and I’m always the first to find it!
This post is my life. My daughters favorite things are mommies phone, boxes, and any remote that can control something that moves… like the fan that she loves to turn on high our completely off every few minutes 🙂 great post.
Remotes are big here. His eyes LIGHT UP when he sees any remote unattended.
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Haha children are so inventive, it doesn’t take much to entertain them
It makes leaving the house easier when I can entertain him with something in my bag!
Haha! My son is 17 months and as I was reading this I was like “YES!! THIS IS HIM.”
This is spot on! Why do we even buy toys!
My Doll’s favourite toys tend to come in waves; Some last a day, others for months. Tupperware seems to be timeless. Right now she also likes DVD cases, light switches (which I have to patiently hold her up to for minutes at a time), clothes pins, and any toy that belongs to the dog and she’s not supposed to touch 😛
Ha! We’re getting into the DVD cases now too!
Only a parent understands these thing. My 20 month old has 2 shelves in grandma’s book case with things she loves. 1. Nut cans of differing sizes for drums. She makes up games for you to play with her, but get it right. Otherwise, it is “No, Oma.” 2. Jar and bottle caps of all sizes and colors. 3. Small stones and a very heavy empty planter. The stones make a satisfying chink when the drops/throws them in. Of course, phones, remotes, and the laptop computer are favorites. Hard to work when she reaches up and hits a random key. Aren’t kids great? So creative!
All of those “toys” sounds like something my son would get into! I also can’t work with him around – he just wants to bang on the keyboard.
Sounds exactly like my kids when they were toddlers!! My favorite way to keep them busy was a box of crayons and some empty cardboard boxes! Hours of entertainment!
I love this post idea! I always wonder why we buy toys for my kids! Recently, we’ve had balloon projects, made a school bus out of a cardboard box, and made a guitar with a Cheez-its box. No toys needed!
That’s so fun and creative!
Oh yes, the joys of spending a crapton of money on exciting and great toys for them to like the box or wrapping more. Love the photos of the baby with the swiffer.
Thank you 🙂
Anything in the pantry (think cans of beans and loose potatoes) and my night stand drawers are fair game. I’ve gotten smart and raised up anything I care about. My daughter was so much quicker to stop messing with that stuff, but it looks like my son will be at it for years to come.
My son hasn’t stopped yet and I don’t think he will any time soon!
haha I am laughing because this is so true… who needs to spend even $25 on a toy when we can just give them a box from the garage?
That’s it! They’ll play with the things we already have!
This is so true! I often find myself amazed at the simple things that make my boys happy. Funny how the box or wrapping paper is more fun then the actual gift.
Ahhh yes so true. My toddler loves everything that is not a toy 🙂 We do try to keep the TP away, haha!!
We just try to close all the doors!
Oh the phones and remotes!?! So funny how quick they are to learn how to use them. Have you read the book, Loose Parts? It is a great way to explore non traditional play that is genius and encourages so many critical thinking skills.
I have not but it sounds like a book I need to check out!
This is so accurate! My little guy loves all of these things too especially phones and remotes. Also, he really loves to walk around with his shoes LOL
Oh that’s so cute!
Cute post! My children LOVE to play with our laundry baskets!
My son does too! It makes it hard to do a chore while he’s around.
My kid has so many ‘non’ toys. I love it! He’s so creative at 17 months and that makes me extremely happy. His favorite is a paper towel roll!
That’s so cute!
My toddler loves all those “not toy items” too, except for the toilet paper (thank goodness). haha Thanks for sharing!
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Ha ha! Boxes and tupperware are always huge hit! Mine loved pots and pans too!
My son LOVES pots and pans, but he uses them to “cook!”
Ha, these are all so true! My girl is obsessed with all remotes, and don’t even get me started on toilet paper. So funny.
I remember my son dragging the toilet paper from the roll throughout the apartment. Noooooo! It’s not that exciting, I swear!
My kids, too! I love how they explore, and this is such a good reminder to let them “get into things” once in a while and not worry as long as they’re entertained and not in danger!
So true! It’s good for development 🙂