As I've been shopping for Christmas gifts this year for our crew and our little nephews, I've been looking back at some of our most favorite toys--toys that have stood the test of time. Here are a few that get the most mileage at our house. :)
1. Art supplies. Chalk, colored pencils, markers (and the holders to carry them--similar), crayons of every sort. For traveling the Doodle Traveler and the AquaDoodle are awesome. And M and T use those lap trays EVERY DAY. (However, if you jump off of your bed and try to land on one--it will break. In case you're wondering. They are both on their second one.)
2. Wooden blocks. A lot of wooden blocks to make sharing easier. :) J's grandfather made T's castle blocks. (Similar.)
3. Mega Bloks. We've had these since M was a baby. They all still play with these at least once a week.
4. Large cardboard building blocks. We have 90. (Just a few.) It's enough for them to each build their own house. (I found them on clearance last year at JCP*nney for $2 a box.)
5. Zoobs. Really such a fun, versatile building toy.
6. Imaginext characters and buildings. T obviously digs their superheroes. They go everywhere.
7. Fisher-Price's Loving Family dolls. M doesn't love the girly doll-houses (she makes her own), but she likes the dolls. (And the camper.)
8. Bean bag chairs. Awesome for watching movies--both inside and out. And for just lounging. Anywhere.
9. The last few--
The Battat Dump Truck and Mega Bloks Tractor-- T has had them since he's been one and still plays with them all the time. The Melissa and Doug Cookies (Beza's favorite). And IKEA's wooden train track (plus a few extras from yard sales).
10. Small backpacks to take toys on the go.
I love that these are all toys that add to and inspire their imaginations. I know we don't have a ton of years left of dolls and big dump trucks, but loving it (and adding a bit to it) while we do. :)