As Avery is getting older, she is beginning to play with Harlan more. It’s so much fun to watch them play together and keep each other entertained. They can keep each other entertained for hours going from toy to toy in their room.
Over the past three years, I’ve gone through so many toys. Some that have lasted weeks and some that have lasted for years. Living in a small apartment, I can’t have very many toys around because we just don’t have the space. Luckily there are some toys that we have that both girls entertained. They prove that they aren’t just for one specific age, but can accommodate a child of any age and skill levels. There are 10 toys in our house that both girls play with all of the time. They play with some for the same reason and some for very different reasons. But whatever the reason, they both love all of them.
Rainbow Stacker 1 of 10This toy is great for both girls and they have both had so much fun with it. Avery practices her hand eye coordination with taking the discs on and off of the pole, while Harlan is practicing her colors as well as putting them in size order.
Available at Land Of Nod for $49.99
Elefun Busy Ball Popper 2 of 10Avery received this for Christmas and it has been a hit with both girls. They have so much fun putting the balls in the elephants ears and then pressing the button so that they pop out of the trunk. Avery will crawl around and catch them as they go out and Harlan has fun trying to catch them in the air as they pop out.
Available from Hasbro for $32.99
Rocktivity Sit, Crawl, N’ Stand Band 3 of 10This is another Christmas git for Avery that has been a hit with both girls. It lights up, plays music, and has so many buttons to press. Avery has fun looking at the lights and pressing all of the buttons and Harlan loves to dance to the music and press the buttons to the beat.
Available from Hasbro for $89.99
Play Kitchen 4 of 10Harlan received a play kitchen for her first birthday and has been playing with it ever since. Avery has just gotten to the age where she loves to get all of the dishes and play around with them. The girls love to play tea party with all of the dishes too. It's the cutest thing!
Available at Toys R Us for $79.99
iPad 5 of 10Before I even get started, let me tell you that I didn't buy an iPad for my baby or my toddler. However, desperate times call for desperate measures. Harlan loves to play on the iPad for all of the games. Avery has just started to notice it and loves to watch whatever Harlan is doing.
Available at Apple for $499.
Cardboard Box 6 of 10Forget toys. A cardboard box is fun for a child of any age. We saved a cardboard box from something we got delivered and the girls have played with it for over two months! Harlan is the leader and plays pretend and takes them both on an adventure.
Wooden Blocks 7 of 10Harlan received these for her first birthday and she's had so much fun with them. Avery loves to just scatter them around while Harlan actually loves to build things with them. Both of them will have fun while Harlan builds something and then Avery crawls over to knock them down. I've never heard them laugh so hard when they are playing build and knock down.
Available at Toys R Us for $16.99
Books 8 of 10Both girls have loved books from a very young age. Now that Harlan is old enough to use her imagination, she "reads" books to Avery all of the time. Avery stays so focused on every single word that Harlan says.
Drum Set 9 of 10Both of my girls are music lovers. They love to dance to music and they love to make music. I bought this drum set for Harlan when she was six months old. At three years old, she still plays with it at least once a week. Avery loves the shakers and the drum. Although incredibly loud, they love making music together. Harlan says that they've formed their very own band.
Available at Target for $21.99
Yo Gabba Gabba Boom Box 10 of 10Both girls love watching the television show Yo Gabba Gabba. Harlan has been obsessed with it for a while so we bought her this boom box that plays Yo Gabba Gabba songs two years ago. As soon as Avery figured out how to press the button and get it to work, she's played with it ever since. It's the very first toy both girls go to in the morning for a little dance party.
Available at Toys R Us for $19.99
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