So no toys this year. No batteries. Although, perhaps, a trampoline. Husband and I are in violent disagreement on this one, but the boys are fighting on my side, so there may be a trampoline.
What exactly do my kids play with that I would recommend?
- Real, big Legos. The kit Legos get lost - you miss one piece and the whole thing's a wreck. The boys prefer the big Legos, so they can make anything they want.
- Big wooden blocks. They last forever, your mom doesn't get mad when you draw on a couple - they're great.
- Toy soldiers. Need I explain why?
- Digging tools. You may not have enough mud in your backyard to want to buy these, but we have a good amount, and the boys' enjoyment of it has made me cast aside all plans of landscaping to get rid of it. Which is cheaper. And more fun.
- A knife. Well, this is true only for One, but he received a Swiss Army knife last year and has had a great time whittling palisades for the front porch. Again, helping me out with those landscaping solutions: I don't have the heart (or the time) to take down the palisade and plant flowers in the porch flowerbox instead of sharpened sticks.
- Paper, markers, tape, scissors. The possibilities are endless.
- Weapons. Although the boys frequently make their own weapons, ready-made swords and shields are always popular.