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Obviously, you want to spend quality time with your child reading, doing crafts and playing together. However, if we all “keep it real up in here” we must confess that there are moments when all we need is some time to get things taken care of. You love your child and you don’t want them to sit in front of a screen for hours rotting their brains (which is exactly what they want to do). Instead, the best solution is to make sure the toys they have are engaging, interactive and connect to their intrinsic sense of curiosity. For that reason, we are bringing you a list of the best mom approved toys!
The list below has been curated by a mother of two and elementary school teacher. The toys you will find in this post have all made it through a rigorous evaluation and have come out as the winners in a search for the best toys to keep kids busy so that parents can do all sorts of fun stuff that we dreamt about when we were 15 like laundry, dishes and paying bills (remember when you thought it would be so fun to be a grown up?). Woo Hoo!
Now, on to the list!
Step 2 Up & Down Roller Coaster
What’s better than loading up in the car, driving to a theme park, and paying for admission? Building your own roller coaster of course! The Up & Down Roller Coaster by Step 2 can be used indoors or outdoors to provide hours of tummy tingling fun. This toy has over 1,200 reviews on Amazon AND a FIVE STAR RATING!!!!! It’s THAT good! The Up & Down coaster is recommended for children aged 2-5, so if your kids are a little older, you should check out the Step2 Hot Wheels Extreme Thrill Coaster Ride On for ages 3-8.
Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer
by Little Tikes
No birthday party rental required here. Kids LOOOOOVE bounce houses – it’s a fact! How awesome would it be to have your own bounce house at home? This bouncer is small enough to be used inside, but would also be great for outside fun. Your kiddos will be so exhausted after jumping in this, they will be begging for naptime 🙂
Baby Bath Toy – Flow N Fill Spout
This fantastic contraption capitalizes on the idea that kids are OBSESSED with running water. The best part is that you don’t even have to worry about your water bill or the drought because this toy provides an endless stream of water through its battery operated pumping mechanism. Of course it’s great for bath time, but can be even more fun when used in the kitchen sink for water play. Another toy by the same manufacturer, the Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station has even more bells and whistles.
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You have probably experienced that oh-so-common Christmas phenomenon of picking out the perfect gift for your child, only to have them be more interested in the cardboard box that it came in. Well, imagine if that cardboard box was already cut into the shape of a pirate ship, complete with porthole windows and a ship’s wheel! Your kids will be shouting “Ahoy Matey” for hours! If you are looking for something more durable you might be interested in the ECR4Kids Indoor/Outdoor Buccaneer Play Boat with Pirate Flag. Here is a video of the pirate ship in action!
With a weight limit of 150 lbs and recommended for ages from 2-10 you will get years of use out of these monkey bars. Parents can easily construct the monkey bars inside with a moderate amount of space – fantastic if you live in a very wet or cold climate! Construction is a “snap” due to the self-locking springs. A great toy for climbing, hanging or throw a blanket over the top and turn it into a fort!
We hope this list of mom approved toys provides you with some great ideas to keep your kids happy and entertained at those times when you need it most. Being and feeling successful as a parent is all about finding balance and sometimes we all need tools like this to help create that moment to catch our breath, collect our thoughts or just complete a task on our to do list. When you hear your child’s excitement and laughter while playing independently it will only enforce this was as much of a gift to them as it was to yourself.
We would love to hear from you! What are your tips and tricks for occupying the kiddos while you complete your adult duties? Please comment below.