When we’re still kids, there are no Ipads, Iphones, Ipods, smartphones, Xbox, Wii, PSPs, Leapfrogs, and laptops and other gadgets for kids. Yet, we took pleasures in simple things like dolls for girls and yellow toy trucks for boys. Our parents must have been happy then, toys weren’t as expensive as today, quite a relief, =).
Sometimes (sometimes lang ha), I find it as a blessing to have a frugal husband because Jeff will be my kunsensya that will just appear whenever I’m gonna buy an expensive-considered-as-luxury item for the little girl. Our disagreement whether to buy or not to buy mostly came in buying children’s toys. In this case, frugality and practicality wins.
So let me share to you some fun and educational toys for the kids, the old school style:
- Flash cards – Kids can learn the alphabet, know the animals, fruits, etc. by the illustrations on the cards.
- Clay – It teaches hand-eye coordination. It strengthens the child’s muscle. It develops their imagination and creativity.
- Dolls and Plush Toys – Kids can use them for the pretend play, again, one great way to improve their imagination.
- Play Pretend Toys – Kitchen sets for your future chef, doctor’s kit for your future doctor, etc….
- Coloring books and lotsa crayons – Unleash their inner Da Vinci.
- Magnetic sketchpad – Gwen loves her sketchpad so much. I draw animals and letters to her and she’ll tell me what they are.
- Shape sorters and puzzles – These hone their problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination. It will also give them satisfaction once they accomplish the puzzle.
These are just some of the educational toys you can give to your children, and these won’t cost you over a thousand pesos.It will be just as fun as long as mommy and daddy is playing too.
Oh, and Jeff also believes that outdoor play is the best learning tool. He wants to call the outdoors as classroom without walls, read my post about it: Missing the rural life.