"Toys" around the house for the littles
As I type at the kitchen counter, my one-year old crawls around at my feet, swinging open the low cupboard doors, clanking around and finding entertainment. Despite my husband's requests to put babyproof those cabinets, these areas remain fully accessible to all. They contain lunch bags, bulk dry goods, tupperware, lids for pots and pans, cloth napkins, and other various housewares.
He loves the tupperware area. He finds a container then works to find the appropriate lid. The activity makes his so focused! Lately, the little one has enjoyed finding our stacked plastic kiddie cups. There are a stack of 3 of them, and he takes them all apart and sets them side by side. Then, he stacks them again. Of course, he doesn't put it back, much to my husband's chagrin. I have been trying to teach him to "clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere...." Just now, he found three concentric star metal cookie cutters. He has been so concentrated for many, many minutes putting them all within one another, then taking them out of one another. So I think: it's not such a bad idea to let him tinker in the cupboards to find entertainment.
What kinds of everyday items around the house have you found that make great "toys" for the little ones?