Friends – lately, it has been pure and utter chaos at my home… and it is only about to get more crazy. My sister-in-law refers to this type of self-made chaos as her “crazy, messy, beautiful”. And I gotta say, it totally applies here lately. All the chaos is the type you wish for – healthy, active kids that you can hardly keep up with, business that is booming and bustling, back to school with littles loving their teachers and classes and a husband you love to help you juggle it all. I cannot complain…
But I do need help to entertain my two – almost THREE – year old on the days when he is home from school and I just need to get more done… enter my hands down current favorite toddler toy. Or I should say HIS favorite. Because really, it would be no good if it didn’t engage him so well.
No, Magnatiles are not a new phenomenon or anything – in fact, I remember them being used in elementary school as “math manipulatives”. And if you had told me 10 years ago when I entered motherhood that this would be the one toy in the house that engaged ALL my children, ages 2.5 to almost 10, I’m not sure I would have believed you. But friends, they are my current holy grail toy.
And the best part, I can bring them from room to room because they are easy to clean up, don’t hurt when you step on them (I’m looking at you, Tiny Lego) & little man can play under my desk while I work. In fact, that has been a regular occurrence lately.
So yes, when his birthday rolls around at the end of the month, I plan to include an expansion pack so he can get even more creative. Because that is the best part – it’s a toy that challenges them to think and create and not another iPad brain suck (not that I haven’t employed that as well – no judging!). I’m thinking this one below looks great, but if you have a recommendation, shoot it my way!