I try to buy toys for the munchkins every month. Toys do not seem to last long. They play with them for a few days to a week and then the novelty has worn. For this reason I do two things:
- rotate toys – put them away after a few months and bring out other toys that have been put away for a few months. When you bring out the old toys they are like new again (“yay – legoooooo”).
- buy from the pound shop – really entertaining toys for £1. Can not go wrong!
Hubby normally buys the big toys at Christmas from Early Learning Centre or Toys R Us (we do not share the same attitude to money!). I have bought them a handful of expensive/big toys. A few months ago they received a Kindle to share (yeah right!). They just got an indoor trampoline and today received a gym ball, which is what inspired this post.
The indoor trampoline and gym ball were both recommended to help with their physical development. They are also great fun for the kids! I never really understood the importance of play for a child’s development until recently. You can find toys that:
- help strengthen core muscles and motor skills
- encourage turn taking
- help teach colours, numbers and shapes
- help with sensory processing and more…
These toys do not need to be expensive and may even be everyday objects in the house. For example, a bowl of soapy water with spoons, cups and empty bottles can help a child with their hand eye coordination as they poor water from bottle to bottle. As they splash, they explore their sense of touch.
When looking for the gym ball, I came across a great website www.cheapdisabilityaids.co.uk. They featured the exact ball that I wanted and it was only £7.99. They also had a large selection of sensory toys for really cheap prices. Yesterday, I ended up spending £20+ (a lot for me)!
I will definately be visiting this site again as I was really impressed with their range and prices.