Rick and I are preoccupied with toys. We cannot get enough of playing with Noah and we want him to enjoy every minute. I don’t think that either one of us realized how we would use toys to help our child develop and reach his milestones. I think every developmental toy from Toys ‘R Us has visited our home; however most have not made the cut and had to be returned.
I think I have a pretty good feel now for what Noah likes and what will be helpful. Take for example a xylophone that has spinning wheels to play the keys; I knew Noah would like it AND be able to use it. Knowing what your kid is capable of doing and what interests them is key.
Noah really enjoys bright lights like the one his occupational therapist sometime uses. Finding a toy with multiple lights has been a challenge for us. If anyone knows of a keyboard in which ALL the keys light up please let us know.
Toys and Therapy Sessions
This toy obsession has led to a little bit of a problem at our therapy sessions. We are known for going straight to Toys ‘R Us after a session and buying whatever toy he just used. The majority of our toys are purchased this way, and it gets pretty expensive. We even bought Noah a rody horse after he rode an elephant at physical therapy!
I have started looking at Once Upon a Child for toys which is a great way to find cheaper (but effective) slightly used developmental toys! The xylophone mentioned above was one of those finds.
If Noah Says It Is A Toy, Then It Is.
This week I was wondering what new thing we would be presented with. To my delight Noah was completely entertained with a piece of paper. (Which I totally have already at home!!) And if he rips it, I have plenty of back ups. We have not yet experienced Noah being more entertained with the boxes than the toys, but I am sure that time is just around the corner. And thanks to Anna we now know that boxes can definately help out with development.
What is your child’s current favorite toy?
What is a surprising item that entertained your child?