Category Archives: Indoor Toys

Our indoor toys promote make believe and creative play. During rainy days or during cold weather, indoor toys will spark a child’s imagination.

Sensory Play Fun with Household Items

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What do dried beans, play balls and rice have in common? They are all household items that can be played with in your kid’s water or sand tables to help foster sensory play!

From an early age it is important that children experience different types of play in order to help them develop and gain skills they will use as they get older. One of those play types is sensory, which encourages kids to use one or more of their senses such as touching, smelling, seeing, hearing or tasting. According to PBS.org, sensory play encourages kids to develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.

Below are some fun sensory activities that include your child’s sand or water table and common household products (please note, if your child is under the age of 3, do not allow your child to play with small sensory items that may post a choking hazard):

Dry Beans Sensory Table:

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We brought the Wild Whirlpool Water Table inside and placed dry beans to create the perfect sensory experience for little ones. Kids can scoop up beans and place them in the funnel just like they would when this kid’s activity table is filled with water. Now when it is too cold to play outside, you can bring the fun inside and fill this kid’s activity table up with beans!

Tub of Balls:

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Grab any type of small play balls you can find lurking around your child’s playroom or bedroom. They can be ping pong balls, tiny bouncy balls, Wiffle balls, ect. – adding all of these different types of balls to the Duck Pond Water Table will make for an exciting and unique sensory adventure. You can slide the balls down the slide, catapult them off the slide flipper and swirl the variety of balls around with the center spinner. Your kids will have a bouncing good time with a water table filled with balls!

Rice Table:

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This is another great sensory activity to do inside when it is too cold or rainy outside to play with sand or water! Kids can enjoy digging, scooping and building with rice to create castles just like they do with sand. Little ones will be intrigued by the feeling of the sand as it slips through their little fingers. We used the Sand Castle Play Table for this rice activity.

Sensory play activities can be as messy or clean as you want them to be! The original intent of these activity tables is to be played with outside and filled with water or sand. However, when teaching kids about their senses adding different materials such as beans, pasta, rice and balls can help children to better understand sight and touch. There are also plenty of other materials you and your family can use in these activity tables such as: cotton balls, flour, shaving cream, cooked noodles, beads, pebbles, coins or craft pom pom balls.

Have you created your own sensory table before? If so – what have you used to create this experience for your kids?

Step2 always recommends adult supervision during sensory playtime.

5 Toys Kids Can Share with Dad

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Nothing says Happy Father’s Day like kids spending quality time with their dad. So why not spend that time playing with toys both kids and dads will love? Here are 5 toys kids can share with dad:

1. Grill: Dads love grilling in the summer and now little ones can imitate him with their toy grill. Kids can work side-by-side with their old man as they sizzle up some treats to make barbeques a success!

Fixin' Fun Outdoor Grill2. Tool Workshop: Dad and the kids can work together to build bird houses and fix up the home with their hammer, drill and workbench. No need to hire a handyman when all of your family members are skilled helpers!

Deluxe Workshop3. Train table: Choo choo, all aboard! Drive trains around the tracks and cars along the city roads with a train and track table. Dad can be the conductor of the train while the kids drive toy cars through the neighborhood.

Deluxe Canyon Train and Track Table

4. Basketball: Does dad love sports? Get active outside and play some b-ball together. Dad can teach little athletes everything he knows about the game of basketball.

Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Set

5. Car Bed: Let dad live out his dreams of owning a Corvette®. Dad and the kids can make believe they are cruising around in style in the Corvette® Bed. They can also use the race track on the car bed to mimic their own Indy 500.

Corvette® Toddler to Twin Bed with Lights

What toys do your kids share with their dad? Tell us what toys you think your kids and their dad would have fun playing with together!