Mama Miller Parenting

Passionate parenting and homemaking.

Dollar Store Dash

on August 12, 2012

Let’s talk creative play.

Play time is so important for kids. It is how they learn and relate to the world around them. Toys are great but they don’t always leave enough room for imagination. Our kids love their toys but they also love playing with regular household objects.

My 10 month old just discovered how to brush hair. She has been swiping my brush out of my purse at every turn and brushing everything. I prefer my brush to be free of drool, so I decided it was time to get her a brush of her own, just for play.

We set out for the dollar store after lunch today.

I love the dollar store and so does my 3 year old. He loves picking out new treasures. He went in with me while Daddy waited in the car with a sleeping E. We got her a brush, comb, and a mirror. When then set out to find something new for him. He has to look at everything.

We turn this into a game. What can he find and how is he going to play with it? Are we making something or just playing pretend?

The first thing that piqued his interest today was a set of red salad tongs. He decided he needed something to pick up with his tongs. He chose a bag of green glass stones. Of course he also needed to put his rocks in something. He picked out a plastic container.

I love seeing him develop his own games and learn to play in his own way. He is so creative!

The dollar store is a great resource for moms and teachers. Kids love having real household items. Why spend so much more on a toy version? I made both kids very happy campers today for around $5. You can’t beat that. It is also so open ended!

He promptly came home and started pulling his rocks out of his big container and dropping them into an old jar. He is working on hand-eye coordination, listening to the sounds the stones make in the different containers, counting, and fine motor skills.

Using his dollar store finds for endless entertainment.

What are your favorite dollar store finds and games?

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