My children play all day, often with non-toys.
The next time I go to a baby shower, I am going to give the mom-to-be a bag full of kitchen utensils and copy paper. Expensive toys? I try to make learning "every day" so my kids have found every day toys as well:
|Expensive magformers: meet the microwave, screwdriver, odd magnet, scissors, paper bind, and shoe polish container.|
|Don't buy paint. Give your kids the crummy, almost gone bottles of nail polish.|
|Za replaces the baby doll stroller with couch cushion "mountains" for her animals.|
|Even babies know: give a baby a "taggie" toy with built-in tags, and the baby will rather play with the actual tag.|