So. I've decided to just go with it-- for two reasons. One-- the kids like non-toys and they keep them quiet and happy. Reason enough in and of itself if you ask me.
But secondly-- this is a fringe benefit-- giving the kids non-toys in place of real toys is cost effective and storage effective. Case in point-- instead of buying Caleb bath toys I've just given him the doubles of all my kitchen stuff that I don't use on a regular basis. Instead of trying to find room for that turkey baster in my crowded kitchen drawer I let him squirt things while he's making soup in the tub (it's his favorite bathing pastime.)
I think it's quite genius. Family members who occasionally assist with bath time at our house aren't so convinced. My brother in law looked at me like I was insane when he saw the cheese grater on Caleb's bath "toy" shelf. I'll admit that I'm not sure what Caleb does with it in the tub-- but at least I don't have to find a spot for it in my overcrowded kitchen, right?
And don't worry-- any bath time "toy" that is re-introduced into the kitchen is put through my dishwasher's sterilizing cycle :)
So yesterday Doug and I were not surprised to discover this in the living room.
Caleb woke up early Sunday morning and decided to play in the living room. Of course-- he raided the chip clip drawer and spent the morning quietly constructing rocket ships. (yes I have a lot of chip clips-- I eat a lot of chips-- don't judge me.)
So I'm thinking that I probably won't be buying too many toys in the future. Lego, games, puzzles, books, crafty stuff, cars/trucks/trains, and maybe a doll or two are all we need!
So what do your kids play with? Toys? Non-toys? I'm curious...