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Help a Mom: What toys do your kids play with?

Posted December 13, 2011

As many of us wrap up our Christmas shopping (or perhaps just begin it), I thought I'd pose the question this week.

We have plenty of toys at my house, but I find that my kids only play with a handful of them. So my question to readers this week is this: What toys do your kids actually play with? What toys are really worth the money?

Here's what my two-year-old and/or six-year-old daughters play with inside my house: Wooden blocks; dress-up clothes; magnetic drawing board (like this); small, inexpensive keyboard; puzzles; and the games Uno, Pictureka, Blockus and a box with checkers, chess, Chinese checkers and other games. Our bikes, scooter, jump ropes, balls and wagon get a lot of use outside.

We have other things that they play with from time to time, but these are the ones that get the most use. I would have never guessed that the drawing board would have been so popular, but my older daughter plays countless games of hangman on it and my younger one likes to scribble and erase.

So what's popular at your house?

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  • howdiditgettothis Dec 14, 2011

    My kids (6 & 8) still love various sizes of stuffed animals, and little figures (LEGO, mighty world, play mobil, etc). They love to play "vet" or create other pretend play time scenarios.

    They like books, and building things, as well as an hour or two a week of either computer time or video game time.

    They love creating things out of "trash" (recycled art), or making "fairy houses" with leaves, sticks and other yard debris.

  • TeenDAD Dec 14, 2011

    Why was my comment removed? Just because my son plays with dangerous toys? Hes training to be a ninja or mma fighter he needs to be toughened up

  • kcampbell113 Dec 14, 2011

    My 2 year old loves cars, trains, and duplo legos. He also likes books, puzzles and painting. My girls love dress up clothes. The 7 year old also loves a toy cash register with a scanner, her cd player, board games, and papers for playing school. My 5 year old loves Barbies, polly pockets, and the small princess. They both love art supplies, especially painting and pipe cleaners. They both have leapsters that get a lot of play on long trips and occasional play otherwise. One of the best gifts to date - when my oldest was 3 I filled a tote with halloween costumes I bought at 75% off. This has gotten years of play - as things have been outgrown they have been passed on and other clothes added.

  • kittiboo Dec 14, 2011

    My almost 4 year old daughter regularly plays with her dress up clothes, and here recently she has starting playing with dolls more. Sometimes she'll drag out the ZhuZhu pets or her iXL handheld. We got her the Tag reader for Christmas and I'm HOPING she'll enjoy that. We got the map to go with it and I'm pretty sure she'll be very into it.

  • kcastleberry Dec 14, 2011

    I have a 14 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. I will address his favorites first. dress-up clothes; magnetic drawing board; toy guitar; puzzles; the game Uno; anything I Spy; Legos; Imaginext action figures; Matchbox cars; army men; and though not toys, books are a huge hit here. Some things that they both love are...Legos, art sets, magnetic drawing board, UNO, I Spy, books. And...believe it or not they both also love
    Flarp. Yes, that little tub that only cost $1 gives them both great joy. And yes, a teen still loves all of the above so that makes them all great because they will actually still play together!