The Best (Free) Toy Ever
July 1st, 2011
In the two and a half years since I became a mother, I’ve spent a fair chunk of change on toys for my kids. From teethers and rattles to push strollers and baby dolls to puzzles and books, the opportunities to spend money on your children are quite literally endless. But after all of that, one toy stands alone above all the rest as by far The Toy that has brought the most prolonged enjoyment to both of my children…
Fabric scraps. So simple, so basic, and yet so perfect.
The Christmas when Miss Mouse was one, I hit upon the idea of giving her an assortment of different-colored scraps to play with. I confess that I actually did spend a bit of money in the clearance isle at Jo Ann Fabrics, picking out bits of shiny satin and soft velvet. But if you’re crafty, you might very well have plenty of good fabric already. My mom added some pieces of fleece and zig-zagged the edges of the fabrics so they wouldn’t fray.
Then, as she got a bit older, the fabric was central to hours of “mommy is sleeping” play and “cover up the Mouse” games. The fabric was also a big hit as Miss Mouse was learning her colors. And now, at the ripe old age of two and a half, she still plays with her stash periodically, using the pieces as blankets for her dolls.
My wee Buggie has also started to enjoy the scraps. We dump them all out on his head and he clutches them tightly in his fists, waving them madly over his head and playing peek-a-boo.
The fabric stash serves as a great reminder to me that you really don’t need to spend a fortune to keep your kids entertained!
This post is linked up at the Life As Mom “Frugal Fridays” carnival. Check it out!