8 Dollar Store Finds for Babies and Toddlers

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Buying toys and books for your child can be very expensive, whether you buy them new or from thrift stores. As time goes by, babies and toddlers are notorious for getting bored and needing something new to enjoy. Rotating toys and books works wonders but what if you could buy a new toy or a book for a single dollar? Here are a few frugal ideas for brand new educational goodies for your baby and toddler found in dollar stores.

 

8 Dollar Store finds for babies & toddlers by twopluscute

1. Stacking cups set of 8 for a dollar. Sold!

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2. Bath toys Every few months (every time they get filthy inside – seriously impossible to clean; even with bleach), we renew the classic rubber duckies set from the dollar store. (To compare, we had bought our first duckies set from a big store, for over four dollars.)  They also carry assortments of other bath rubber toys (with crabs, stars, etc).

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3. Bath books Floating, waterproof books for bath time, we got a cute one with dinosaurs (seen in the picture above).

 

4. More Books From small cardboard books like these

 

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to mini encyclopedias (that I won’t fret if she accidentally tears) like those:

 

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The Cute really liked the science books. In this photo she is 20 months old.

 

the cute reading dollar book

 

5. Puzzles We have bought foam (with the English alphabet), cardboard and even wooden puzzles from the dollar store. We found this small wooden puzzle that while simple is pretty clever:

 

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And for some reason, The Cute started solving fully all the other puzzles she has had, the day after we bought and tried this wooden one.

6. Rubik’s cube (so she lets daddy play with his own). This can be considered a puzzle (and it is) but, I think it deserves its very own category. We bought this sparkly one:

 

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7. Pretend play supplies Crowns, magic wands, swords. Lightsabers! I shamefully admit I have bought her a crown but not a lightsaber – yet.

 

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8. Cleaning toys Montessori inspired, cleaning supplies. We bought a broom and a mop, which come in adult sizes. We cut them to size-match The Cute’s height and ta-dah: no more trying to steal mommy’s broom while she (mommy) is desperately trying to clean even a tiny spot. Win-win.

 

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I will make a full set of Montessorian cleaning supplies for The Cute, along with a way to hung them all together neatly. Stay tuned, I will post the whole thing as soon as I persuade my husband to make the hanging base I have in mind. Which will be after he finishes installing my kitchen pulls. <_<

 

10 thoughts on “8 Dollar Store Finds for Babies and Toddlers

    • March 6, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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      Also great ideas! I buy small kitchen utensils for The Cute’s pretend play, too.

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  • March 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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    another educational ‘toy’ you might not think of: I bought my 1st grader measuring cups and spoons from Dollar Tree for his bath time(I’m a teacher, and love when learning fits in with play!!!)

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    • March 4, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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      I got her measuring cups but for her toy kitchen. Thank you for the great idea, I will use them at The Cute’s bath time from now on.
      She loves pouring things (milk, water, semolina, you name it). =D

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  • March 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm
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    LOVE the broom and mop idea-I wish I’d have thought of that!I wash my dollar tree toys in a tub of diluted bleach, rinse and let dry for a day- a tip from a preschool teacher friend, since preschoolers drop stuff, share stuff, might mouth stuff, etc. love dollar tree!!!Its the best dollar store around!:)

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    • March 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm
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      A very good suggestion!
      I too am a friend of bleach and it is important to clean as much as we can the things we buy. Even with new things, a lot of people touched them: from packaging to placing on shelves, to customers that picked up the items, changed their mind and then put them back.

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  • March 1, 2015 at 11:09 am
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    Very good finds! I love that mini encyclopedia set. 🙂 Yes, The Dollar Tree definitely carries some real cute items from storage to educational stuff. I recently bought some things for the homeschool room at The Dollar Tree. Hey, ya can’t beat $1.00! 🙂

    Looking forward to your kitchen reveal and how you organized The Cute’s cleaning supplies. Genius about cutting them down to size. I had one of those ‘Duh!’ moments. lol

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