A list of my girls' 7 (and a half) favorite toys, with pictures to illustrate each one (because you need more pictures).
1) Baby dolls. Seriously, Ana? You had to tell everyone that your little girls like to play with baby dolls? Ok, the first one is a throw away. But you'd be surprised at how many little girls couldn't care less about baby dolls. It took Naomi 3 years before she was even a little interested in hers and even then I think she was only because she saw how much Bernadette loved hers.
1.5) Baby-doll strollers. These puppies have been a huge hit and as long as you can keep your children from climbing into them, they hold up well too. Ours looks like this, but you can find all sorts of posher looking ones on the interwebs.
2) Miniature baby-doll nursing covers. So weird, I know. But it beats the girls constantly stealing my cover and changing the adjustable neck-strap so that, when we're getting our carpets cleaned and the baby is wailing because she hasn't eaten in 33 1/2 minutes and the cover won't go over my head, I have to just go ahead and give the carpet-cleaner guy a show.*** I made a few of them, which I thought about adding to Cabin Fever Link-Up (OPEN TIL THE END OF THE MONTH), but instead you can just see them here.
|you didn't know that the Disney princesses breastfeed? they do|
3) A real tea set. We have a few tiny tea sets that belong to the girls and stay in their play stuff, but I am talking about an adult one. I found one at a thrift store for under $5 a few years ago and I take it out for supervised tea or hot chocolate parties, which occur almost every single day during the winter, and the girls love it. They transform into random characters, like Mrs. Georgia Phifflefaf and Aunt Fern, when they are drinking out of real china cups and have their own glass plates. It is really fun.
4) Dress-up clothing. If you can't afford the ridiculously priced stuff at the Disney store, just go to a thrift store and get some ruffly dresses, wash them, and put them in a dress up bin. Also hats. Get some hats.
|these were dirt cheap right after Halloween, so that's an idea too|
5) Kitchen set. Because the woman's place in the kitchen. What? No, because play cooking is fun and keeps them happy for a long time.
6) Princesses and a castle. Whether you've given in and shown your girls every Disney movie you can find in the $1 VHS bin at the thrift store (like some people I know), or whether you are resistant to and hold your ground against all the insane princess propaganda, there may come a day when your girls decide that they love princesses as much as mine do. There are some nice Melissa and Doug princess sets here, or if you give in and shop at the Disney store (or your kids have grandparents that are suckers for that place), these sets are nice too. They're really great because the clothing does not come off, nor do they bear a striking resemblance to pin-up models, like the ones in Target's check out aisle. We have almost all of them and they pair very nicely with the Melissa and Doug castle the girls got from their grandparentals a couple years ago, which I also recommend.
|you can also put them into your play microwave!|
|and they work as cake toppers!|
7) Non-girly toys. Partly because they may make lots of little boy friends, but also because other types of toys are fun too. We have these animal sets that the girls love, and they also really like building with Duplo blocks. (My sister does a lot of play mobile stuff with her 5 girls and they have a great train set too, but we have yet to get into either of those.)
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***story made up for dramatic purposes