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As a youngÂ toddler, Holden always had oneÂ eye on Julian’s garbage truck toy. Whenever we went for a playdate, he’d seek out this same toy. Each time a birthday or holiday rolled around, he’d ask for his very own garbage truck. I don’t know why I resisted so long (oh yeah — it was about $100!!) but the sheer play value over the years makes me wish I bought it sooner. Lucky you, now it is a mere $89.
OurÂ favorite toys hold their value and get serious play year over year; they are fun solo and with friends. My kids would flip out if I tried to box up their LEGO collection, the Magna-Tiles, or the Quadrilla marble runs. Unfortunately, I cannot offer you a guarantee that they will get such love at your house because… Kids!
Here are a few others we love:
MyÂ little guys can anthropomorphize miniature animals and action figures with the best of ’em. This wicked cool doll house would be so welcome in our playroom (moreÂ gender-neutral faves) as it is in near constant use at the preschool.
I saw this dollhouse masquerading as a two-foot-tall rocket ship last week on a playdate and instantly put it on
our Sawyer’s wish list (see more boy-friendly dollhouses)!
Whatever you do, don’t throw out the box, boxes are the best toy!