Operation : Get out of the house!!

Stage 1 : Our new fairy/gnome garden!
Master 4.5 was getting reliant on playing inside, which is okay when he is drawing but not as great for his brain development spending hours in his room playing with Woolworths cards or plastic toys.

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So we have started ‘forest adventures’ to collect materials, visited Pinterest for inspiration and started reading the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie books to see what it is like to live in nature.

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Our gnome house is still under construction along with other stick projects!

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Have you got a kid that gets stuck indoors? Could you fathom organizing a little play garden for your children?
ūüôā Heidi

Imaginative play; a milestone to celebrate

[~2years]
This should be a milestone that every parent looks forward to.  When your child first starts to talk and play imaginatively by themselves!
Your child will need to be ready with plenty of language to make up play actions and stories, that they have seen in their everyday life.
Here Master2 placed a piece of cake with his monkey and told him ‘here, I’m just going outside’.
Since then he has relied on others to show him more play actions whilst making some up himself.¬† He will create longer and longer play scenes as he develops more language, attention and understanding of the world……….and then I will get more done myself!
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Becoming a play engineer – tip #7.

Kids play the best when toys are set up, ‘inviting’ them to play.¬† Once¬†your children¬†have enough language to play imaginatively, you can really invite them to play with a weekly¬†theme throughout the house.¬† Whilst it takes that bit longer to set up, you will be sure to get many more play hours from your little ones.

So!¬† What will your theme be?¬† It¬†didn’t take me long to pick animals + hospital/doctors/vets.¬† Master nearly4 loves animals and¬†he and Master nearly 2 are both into doctors at the moment.¬† And of course, an¬†animal theme is not too¬†unfamiliar for Master nearly2.¬† Pretend play – your child’s occupation¬†will give you more information on the different skills pretend play consists of.¬† Language means play will give you more information on the development of play and how language goes hand in hand.

Setting up

This is where you think about ALL the items in your house that might come under this theme.  So I went for everything animal, from our Aussie Animal cards to our baby dinosaurs to our farm animals.  And then you add in everyday items that would be useful props for the scenes, such as ribbons for bandages, cotton wool for the babies, wooden dish rack for the operating table/sick bay and pipe cleaners for their own imagination.  And then you can drag out any other props that might be useful, such as adding our cardboard box bus stop/airport and our Little People plane and bus for transporting the sick/recovered animals between the hospital and the wild.

Because I had so many sets of toys out, I created mini scenes in different rooms of the house.  The next thing to do was to introduce the boys to each scene and promote some different play actions, to get them started.  I also assigned doctor and nurse roles (big brother and little brother roles really!).  And then you sit back (or race to the kitchen or clothesline) and reap the benefits of excited play!  Here are some of the benefits..

Benefits of themed play

  • The story is halfway there, so the kids don’t have to create one from scratch (ideal for the younger ones)
  • You can easily give many hints at new play actions.¬† I have used: ‘go and check if bull’s fever has gone’, ‘I think panda needs his bath now’, ‘giraffe might be ready to go back into the wild, but before you put him on the plane, remember to check his heartbeat and temperature’, ‘the baby dinosaurs will all need a feed and why don’t you ask your brother to help you take them back to the wild in the bus’, ‘it might be time to help bull to get to sleep, it’s hard to settle when you have a fever’, ‘nearly your bedtime, go and give the¬†night doctors their handover, what they will need to do while you are sleeping’….¬† I have even rung their pretend phone (an otoscope) as an anonymous caller letting them know of a sick hippo out in the wild.¬† Next thing they are receiving calls from each other!
  • There is a variety of toys out so different ages are still catered to
  • A child can walk into any room and make up a mini-story there, OR play between several scenes in across different rooms

Here are some photos to share with you all!

broken legs, cut on the tummy, the flu....

broken legs, cut on the tummy, the flu….

Special Care Nursery.. for dinosaur babies.  Also like special care where Master nearly4 spent a few weeks..

Special Care Nursery.. for dinosaur babies. Also like special care where Master nearly4 spent a few weeks..

'The wild'

‘The wild’

back to the wild....

back to the wild….

'the ball forest'

‘the ball forest’

so the injured bush animal is...

so the injured bush animal is…

'X' marks the spot...?

‘X’ marks the spot…?

What will your play theme be this week? ¬†Be creative and drum up some excitement! Guaranteed it will pass over to your kids and you will have a fun week ūüôā Heidi

Turn-taking rules

How do you explain to your child the ‘rules’ around turn-taking?

Here is my turn-taking cartoon strip to get the steps straight in your head but also a great visual tool to explain it to your child from about 3 years of age onwards.¬† Rather than drawing it ahead of time, I draw box by box and talk while I draw to explain what is happening and who is saying what.¬† I find it helps to keep children’s attention, rather than them seeing a page of cartoons all at once.¬† ‘When in doubt, say it with a pen’ includes more information on the benefits and ‘how-to’ of helping to explain situations to your child through drawing.¬†¬† For the littler ones, it is important to keep your language VERY simple.¬† ‘Sarah’s turn then Jake’s turn’ or ‘wait’.

So let’s go through each of the pictures…

1. Use your words! ¬†One of the keys to sharing and turn-taking is learning to use your words instead of your hands, which ends up in ‘snatching’ and squabbles.¬† You will at first need to model the words ‘can I have a turn?’ or for the younger ones ‘mine?’ or ‘my turn?’.¬† It would be too simple if child 1 (with the toy) would simply hand it over to child 2, but normally this doesn’t happen.¬† Instead, you get ‘NO!’.¬† You may not need to step in, but ‘no!’ is usually an alert for a parent/carer to be there if needed.

do you need to step in?

do you need to step in?

2. The warnings.¬† Once child 2 has used their words, I explain to them that they can step back and wait or otherwise ask for help from an adult.¬† This is usually to place ‘warning #1’.¬† Otherwise, child 2 will generally find ‘words haven’t worked for me, so I’ll take it with my hands’… Warning #1 usually goes ‘2 more minutes, Master 2, then Master 4’s turn’, keeping the language as simple as possible.¬† After a minute, ‘warning #2’ gets issued – ‘nearly Master 4’s turn!!’.

warnings and waiting

warnings and waiting

3. Waiting.¬† In the meantime, child 2 can choose to wait there in case they get lucky and child 1 decides to hand the toy over OR they can find another toy to play with while they wait.¬† Occasionally this starts an opportunity to ‘swap’ if child 1 decides they then like the look of that toy!

intervening or independence?

intervening or independence?

4. Intervening.¬† By this stage, you’ve given your final warning to child 1 and it’s now time to intervene.¬† Again, warn with words before you take out of their hands (or they could point the finger at you for snatching!!).¬† Keep the language simple with something like ‘Master 4’s turn now’.¬† Of course there might be tears and this is¬†where you will need to set the rules for child 1 now, ‘Master 4’s turn, then Master 2’s turn….wait…’ (and stick with 2 minutes).¬† If the child is struggling to wait, you might try distraction instead and present a different toy or encourage them to leave the area to do something else with you.

And this is all assuming child 1 hasn’t already handed over the toy in which case I encourage ‘thanks’ (with an ‘eye connection’, that is, establishing eye contact) and enforce this for children 3 years and above. Kids have a lot to learn before manners explains when children are ready to learn about manners.

Ready to start?!  Look at the pictures again and see if it makes sense.  It might take practice to remember simple wording or to not step straight in, but a learning parent is an interested one!

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You can find language in your backyard!

Are you children interested in nature? Could they do with less screen time?¬†Does your child love ‘treasure hunts’ or drawing?¬†Do you need an activity that you can direct from the kitchen?

This activity promotes language-learning, getting outdoors, drawing skills and if need be, an opportunity for you to get the kids out from under your feet!  Of course you might find yourself out in the garden with your kids which is even better, providing you with fresh air and an opportunity to get to know your backyard better too!

Bring in the Backyard Treasure list! This is how we play:

1. Present your child with a special ‘notebook and artist pen’ and tell them they are going to find some treasures in the backyard. ¬†They will need to listen up closely!

2. Challenge your child to find an example of each treasure description you provide (see list below for each treasure description).  Note, each description includes a word that the child must understand to find the correct item, great for language development.  You may need to discuss what the descriptive words mean before they go hunting.

Just a sample of ideas!

Just a sample of ideas!

3. The child must go and draw what they find, not touch.  This is to avoid little hands dealing with spiders and other not-so-safe delights in the garden.  Older kids might be fine to decide what they pick/bring back, but the main aim is for the child to then draw the treasure.  This is great practice for drawing what they see with the motivation of having a collection of drawings of their findings.

4. The child brings their notepad back to show you the drawing and to check if it fits the treasure description. ¬†This is a great time to further promote your child’s language skills by discussing if the item fits the description and how they decided they would pick that particular item. ¬†If it does not fit the description, you may need to provide some examples of the descriptive word, for example ‘wet means there might be water on it, it’s¬†not dry‘).

5. Give the next treasure description.

For older kids, you could provide the written list, as above and let them go out and take on the task themselves.

This activity can then be repeated again and again, encouraging your child to find different items to match the descriptions.  Or think up a list of new descriptions!

Here is the list we have used so far:

  • a¬†brown¬†leaf
  • a ‘forked’ stick (one with a ‘V’ in it)
  • a spider
  • something¬†NOT green or brown
  • something¬†moving¬†(don’t touch)
  • something living
  • something when you look up
  • something you can eat
  • something wet
  • something man made
  • something that feels rough
  • something with a nice smell
  • something old
  • something new
  • a green leaf

Don’t forget even words like ‘NOT’ are descriptive words and are important for a child to understand. ¬†A child may not understand the concept of ‘something¬†new’¬† in the garden, so you may have to explain how ‘new’ relates to the garden. ¬†If your child is not old enough for understanding words such as ‘man made’, think about some other descriptions you could add. ¬†Here are just a few ideas to get you started – more descriptors of how items feel, look, colours, NOT….., quantity. ¬†Remember the more you play with the same descriptions, the more your child has to think outside the box to find something different.

a few 'picked' items

a few ‘picked’ items

And if your child really does like to bring back a collection for you, why not save these in a basket and leave out for later imaginative play!

Let me know how your children get on with this fun yet educational activity!

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The great toy list : 18 months+

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas?  By 18 months, your baby is definitely a toddler and already looking for more entertainment..  So take a look at these ideas and see if there is any good inspiration for your kids’ presents!

I mostly haven‚Äôt listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget. ¬†You can do the rounds via the usual stores ‚Äď Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don‚Äôt forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‚Äėchildren‚Äôs toys online Australia‚Äô or ‚Äėeducational toys Australia‚Äô), markets, online markets (such as etsy.com), op shops, and eBay. ¬†Sometimes the more ‚Äėfancy‚Äô the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

Here we go:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Table/chairs

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Magna doodle

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Aqua doodle

aquadoodle

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Doll‚Äôs house

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Playdough

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Easel, paints, smock, paint brushes

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† First crayons (think thick, easy grip or Crayola TaDoodles crayons), pencils

crayons

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Books with a simple story

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–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† First peg puzzle with shape pieces

peg_puzzle

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bucket/spade set for beach

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† First slide or climbing frame

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wooden food/Velcro set (comes with knife to cut food in half)

wooden_food

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Little Tikes 3D farm memory match up

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Little People sets ‚Äď think farm house, zoo

I’m sure you can think of other classics I’ve forgotten – please list any more great ones! Or alternatively, post them on I Raise My Kids’ facebook page ūüôā

(And my disclaimer : I have two boys and work with more boys than girls, so I’m sure some classic girls’ toys could be missing! ;))

The great toy list : 12 months+

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas? ¬†By 12 months, you’ll be more than likely looking for new toys and ways to keep your little one entertained, but also extend their skills. ¬†So take a look at these ideas and see if there is any good inspiration for your kids‚Äô presents!

I mostly haven‚Äôt listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget. ¬†You can do the rounds via the usual stores ‚Äď Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don‚Äôt forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‚Äėchildren‚Äôs toys online Australia‚Äô or ‚Äėeducational toys Australia‚Äô), markets, online markets (such as etsy.com), op shops, and eBay. ¬†Sometimes the more ‚Äėfancy‚Äô the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

Here we go:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Push spinning top

spinning_top

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fisher Price toys ‚Äď Brilliant basics – cash register

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Small blocks that your baby can pick up

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bubbles

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Trike ‚Äď the type that involves no pedals

scuttlebug

scuttlebug

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Farm house

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Shape sorter

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ball (there are all sorts)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bag of balls ‚Äď good for baby pool, trampoline, even bath

balls

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Board books (good for when they start to experiment with ripping)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bead rollercoaster

bead_rollercoaster

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Musical instruments

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Water table

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wagon

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–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pull along/push along toys

push_along_toy

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mower

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wooden workbench/hammer

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wooden toolbox

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pound-a-ball

pound_a_ball

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Micador ‚Äď Early Start Egg Chalk

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kids music CD

kids_music

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Toy phone, hand bag

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Everyday items for play ‚Äď dustpan/ brush, fly swat, broom, keys, pegs, scourers/sponges, bib, comb etc

I’m sure you can think of other classics I’ve forgotten – please list any more great ones! Or alternatively, post them on I Raise My Kids’ facebook page ūüôā

(And my disclaimer : I have two boys and work with more boys than girls, so I’m sure some classic girls’ toys could be missing! ;))

The great toy list : 6 months +

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas? ¬†By the time your little one is six months old, you’ll be certainly looking to change over from the rattles to more interactive toys and those that will encourage their skill development. ¬†So take a look at these ideas and see if there is any good inspiration for your kids’ presents!

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget. ¬†You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, op shops, and eBay. ¬†Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bath books

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bath toys

Р         Activity centre activity_centre

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fisher Price cause-effect toys (and ear plugs!). Special mention the following ones who have proven popular with all of the kids I have worked with:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fisher Price fishbowl

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fisher Price piggy bank

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fisher price Bounce and giggle pig/elephant

FP_pig

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† FP nesting cups

so many games to play with this toy & a winning rattly ball just right for a little hand

so many games to play with this toy & a winning rattly ball just right for a little hand

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Baby pool (think blue clams)

Р         Generic nesting cups

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Teething toy

the one that isn't 'less-than-good-for-your-baby' plastic to chew on

the one that isn’t ‘less-than-good-for-your-baby’ plastic to chew on

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Natural fibre toys (look online for local sellers or on etsy.com)

felt_toys

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jack in the box

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Rattle or other handheld toys

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Activity table

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Walker

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stacking rings

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Finger puppets

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Baby swing seat if you have outdoor swing set

swing_seat

I haven’t put the good old Jolly Jumper down here as no physiotherapist I’ve worked with has encouraged jumping for little ones’ backs.

I’m sure you can think of other classics I’ve forgotten – please list any more great ones! Or alternatively, post them on I Raise My Kids’ facebook page ūüôā

(And my disclaimer : I have two boys and work with more boys than girls, so I’m sure some classic girls’ toys could be missing! ;))

The great toy list : from birth

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas? ¬†Newborns don’t need toys as much as love and attention, but it won’t be long before this will change and you will be looking for ways to entertain your baby’s brain! ¬†Keep in mind the ‘classic’ toys that are around, before turning to the marketed and so-called ‘must haves’ which might not be nearly as valuable.

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget. ¬†You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, op shops, and eBay. ¬†Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cloth, board books¬†baby_book

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Black and white anything ‚Äď (you can find many toys with these colours or you can make your own – eg. cut up some nappy boxes and go nuts with a black marker, drawing patterns)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mobile

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† CDs ‚Äďthink outside the box of just lullabys (might be an excuse to find some different music for you and baby to listen to)

Putumayo music!

Putumayo music!

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Toys for grasping onto (think rattles & other toys with plenty of bits to hold onto and different textures for extra sensory input from baby section)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Comforter (and maybe a spare!)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pram toys

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pram books

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Activity gym/mat

a tummy rest is good too

a tummy rest is good too

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mirror

The great toy list : preschool

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas? ¬†I’ve found by the time you buy all the ‘classics’, there really isn’t too much room for the branded toys (think Dora, Peppa Pig, Cars etc etc). ¬†See Language Means Play to see why branded toys do not promote imaginary play. ¬†So take a look at these ideas and see if there is any good inspiration for your kids’ presents!

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget. ¬†You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, op shops, and eBay. ¬†Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

Here we go..

– ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†sport sets ‚Äď eg. golf, t-ball

t-ball

t-ball

– ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†child’s globe

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† animal sets ‚Äď bugs, underwater animals, safari animals, dinosaurs

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† activity books

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† model cars

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Hyperdash

Hyperdash

Hyperdash

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Thick paintbrush + bucket ‚Äď painting house with water

Р         Art supplies Рthink paint, crayons, pens, pencils, water colours, chalk etc

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Magnetic fishing set

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Floor puzzles

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jigsaw puzzles

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Felt board

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Threading set

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Magnetic letters/numbers to add to whiteboard/easel

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Flower press

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† French knitting doll

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr Potato Head

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wooden train set

Р         Lego sets

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dominoes

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cards games ‚Äď UNO, Go fish, snap

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Lotto game

Р         Polly Pocket

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Egg and spoon set

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Thick paintbrushes and bucket (for painting water on house/fence etc)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kid knife set/apron for cooking in kitchen

Kiddie Food Kutters

Kiddie Food Kutters

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Balance bike

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Frog hoppers (google these)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Early board games ‚Äď eg. Ravensburger brand (like Snail‚Äôs Pace Race), Giggle ¬† ¬† ¬† Wiggle, Pop up Pirate, My First Guess Who, Uno Moo!

– ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†‘Tap Tap Hammer and Nails’ (hammer, nails, corkboard and shapes to hammer on – google it!)

Tap Tap

Tap Tap

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pool toys

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Boogie board

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Remote control toys

I’m sure you can think of other classics I’ve forgotten – please list any more great ones! Or alternatively, post them on I Raise My Kids’ facebook page ūüôā

(And my disclaimer : I have two boys and work with more boys than girls, so I’m sure some classic girls’ toys could be missing! ;))