Four Cheap Toys That Stood the Test of Time


When I'm at a friend's house, I often like to know which toys their kids have enjoyed for the longest. It's almost without fail that the simplest ones are the favorites. The big, expensive ones with lights and sounds get old (or break) quickly. The same is true around here.

We get most of our toys at garage sales or from family at this point. Without much storage or a basement, we have converted our dining room into a playroom. I rotate toys in and out of our attic every few weeks to keep them "fresh." I find that even moving the toys to different locations in the house makes them more interesting, as well.

Here are a few unexpected and cheap toys that have captured the imaginations of my three kids (6-year-old boy, 4-year-old girl, and 2-year-old boy) for long stretches of time.

Store-Away Sandbox

For the price, we may have gotten the most use out of this tub, I mean toy, of any other toys. We don't have much room on our back porch for a sandbox (and my perfectionist lawn caretaker husband doesn't want one on the grass.) So, we bought a small storage container for sand and Big Brother's small construction vehicles. Sis uses it to dig and fill containers. This petite sandbox can be moved around the screened-in porch or anywhere in the yard. We've had to train the kids to keep the sand in the box, and for the most part this has worked. In the winter, it stores easily in our garage.



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