If I could reduce the stash of toys in our house down to five things, they would be:
2. Play dough
3. Balance bike
4. Play kitchen
See, that was easy, and they won’t miss a thing! (not including the normal adult stuff they all use, like the piano and record player and real kitchen, etc). Seriously, toys (and specifically baby toys) are the biggest scam in the history of consumerism.
We pulled out the play dough and my girls spent nearly four straight hours with it. The majority of their time was spent in acting out cooking demonstrations on how to make the perfect calzones, enchiladas, croissants, and cookies. But then they took a quick break to craft Santa and his sleigh.
I was pretty impressed at their level of sculpting skill!