10 House-hold Items That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Last year I wrote a post about affordable items that can serve as 10 Fun Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Love for Under $5. That blog post got me thinking of other great gift ideas for 2014. This year I decided to come up with a list of objects that we as adults consider ordinary, but which will arouse children’s curiosity, and most importantly for us as parents, will keep them busy! ;)  Here’s my new list of household-items-turned-toys as stocking stuffers that will definitely not break your wallet!

  • Retractable Tape Measure
    Initially, your little one will be fascinated by the retractable feature of the tape, but after they understand the measuring concept behind it, they’ll be all too excited to measure the table, their toys, their sibling’s feet… you get the point. It’s also great for learning numbers! (Home Depot or Joanne’s)
  • Bubble Wrap
    This one is going to be a favorite since not only kids love to pop these things, but so do grownups! Once you start, it’s hard to stop… As you can tell, we’ve moved quite a bit this year! J (Home Depot)
  • Flashlight
    Flash lights are awesome, even grownups love them! Besides enjoying turning it on and off, children will go on explorations and pretend all sorts of things! (Dollar Store, Home Depot, Target)
  • Zip Lock Bags With Disney Characters
    Whatever it is that you put for your kids in that Frozen zip lock bag with Elsa and Anna on it is guaranteed to taste a hundred times better! (Walmart, Target or Dollar Store)
  • Cookie Cutters
    Cookie cutters are versatile, they can be used for cookies just as much as to cut playdough or trace shapes with a pencil. (Home Goods, or Target)
  • Water Beads
    Water beads come in beautiful colors and various sizes. They are great household items for plant owners who forget to water their plants regularly, or who use them when they are out of town. But water beads also make terrific toys for sensorial play. Young children can be tempted to put these babies in their mouth, so be sure to have them under constant supervision while playing with these. (Walmart or Tuesday Morning)
  • Colorful Rubber Bands
    Kids love stretchy things, remember the measuring tape? If you get them colorful rubber bands, they’ll be thrilled to stretch them, make them into a ball, or do their doll’s hair with it. (Staples)
  • Straws
    These can be colorful and bright, plastic or paper, with cute attachments and funky shapes. Your children will love them! (Target)
  • Umbrella
    Umbrellas are beautiful and children love opening and closing them, twirling, hiding behind it or putting it down on the floor and pretending it’s a little tent. It’s also quite functional on rainy days, assuming they don’t break it right away! (Target)
  • Chop Sticks
    Your kids will practice picking up all sorts of things with chop sticks. They will also function as drum sticks and  a stick to poke things.  (Amazon)

Are there any other household items that would make terrific toys?

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