6+ Great Battery-Free Toys for Babies
December 29, 2016 Toys, Books, Activities
These days it seems we are constantly out of batteries at home. Reason? All those musical, flashing, moving, dancing battery-operated toys that even the Energizer Bunny can’t seem to keep up with! It seems every other day I am replacing the batteries on some toy or the other. It has made me appreciate the simpler toys that give hours of entertainment without the hassle (and environmental hazards) of batteries. Here are some of our favourite battery-free baby toys.
1. Squeaky toys – Just what the name suggests. All they do is squeak when you press them. Super fun for babies, though I must warn you…a time will come when you would have heard one too many squeaks and will want to toss that toy right out the window. Be ready with some of these other toys for when that time comes.
2. Musical instruments – It is never too early to introduce music in a baby’s life. One of Baby N’s earliest rattles was a wooden maraca. These days he enjoys making music on his drum, xylophone, tambourine and bell.
3. Wobbling toys – Those classic wobbling or “roly-poly” toys are a hit, no matter what age. Babies enjoy batting them back and forth and listening to the pleasant chiming sound. Toddlers and even adults get endless fun out of trying to knock them over.
4. Pull along toys – Pull-along toys encourage babies to grasp and crawl / walk. Encourage pretend play early by getting your baby a pet to pull along as he learns to move about himself.
5. Wind up toys – Wind up toys are great fun for babies and adults alike. While Baby N gets a lot of exercise crawling behind them trying to catch them, we adults get thrills out of racing them against each other (remember Emma’s birthday scene from Friends?)
6. Other kinetic energy based toys – You don’t need batteries to generate energy. Pull string toys that wobble or play music, press and spin toys with colourful rotating carousels, rainbow slinkies, pull-back cars..the options are endless.
Empty boxes – Seriously. This one amazes me. No matter how many toys you buy for kids, they seem to be more interested in the boxes. Boxes of all shapes and sizes seem to enthrall kids. Baby N can spend up to an hour playing with an empty box – or bucket, basket, bottle, whatever is available – putting all his toys in, pulling them out, flipping the whole thing over, dragging it all around the house. Ahh..the simple joys!
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