It’s been a while since I posted on this blog but I have a good excuse. A few weeks ago my daughter, Fran, stepped on a rock, fell and fractured her foot. Bummer. Big bummer when you have a little boy who will be 2 years old in a month. Enter Grandma and Pop. During the week we have been helping by having them for lunch and putting Zach down for a nap. Pop takes Zach to gym at the Y and Grandma takes him to swim class.
We will be celebrating Zach turning two this weekend and next week I plan to post about birthday presents but today my topic is favorite toys for a dollar. We enjoy spoiling our grandson, but we also believe in old fashioned simple fun. And many of my readers are on a limited budget.
Here are some things we have bought at the Dollar Store that Zach loves
We knew that Zach knew most of the letters from playing with blocks, but we really didn’t realize that he knew ALL the letters. We gave him a $1 foam alphabet puzzle on Easter Sunday and he promptly removed the letters and in no particular order picked each one up, said what it was and put it back in the right place in the puzzle. He loves playing with this puzzle and it’s wonderful to have this quiet and sedentary thing to do with him.
Baseball Bat and Ball
Have you ever known a kid who doesn’t like bubbles? Dollar Store has them. Perfect - you can just sit there, blow and and watch a two year old run around. If you are spending extended periods of time with a young child you have to do some things that use their energy without exhausting yours. I consider myself an active grandparent but I do try to pace myself. Bubbles are the perfect summer “grandmother energy stretcher.”
The Dollar Store is a good place to look for some good old fashioned, simple, inexpensive ways to spend time with your grandchild. I highly recommend it.