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.
1. Stacking cups set of 8 for a dollar. Sold!
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).
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
to mini encyclopedias (that I won’t fret if she accidentally tears) like those:
The Cute really liked the science books. In this photo she is 20 months old.
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:
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:
7. Pretend play supplies Crowns, magic wands, swords. Lightsabers! I shamefully admit I have bought her a crown but not a lightsaber – yet.
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.
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. <_<