In many ways the best toys aren't conventional at all. Some favourites here are
- sofa cushions for houses/dens/prisons/cages!
- the shower cubicle which is a fairly longstanding rocket
- duvets and pillows for mats/fights/tents/slides
On to more conventional toys and games
In our house, these games have endured
- The Spotty dog game. A fun method of learning numbers and counting to six.
- Number dominoes.
- The tummy ache game.
- BigJigs and other wooden puzzles with strong boxes. I find tidiness a major challenge and anything with pieces without a strong box is a problem.
These are the toys that have lasted. Our younger children still play with these, some over a decade and a half, after they were originally brought.
- Brio or other cheaper wooden equivalent train sets.Duplo
- toy cars
- dolls' house
- pop-up tent
- tea set and cooking things