When it comes to toys for tots, those with lots of bells and whistles aren't always best.
My grandmother has a small ball of green yarn that keeps my kids completely occupied. They unroll it, toss it, use it to measure things and stretch it across the house. For about a buck, it buys us time to have an uninterrupted conversation. And, only calls for a quick clean-up of being wound back. To learn about another "toy" in my grandma's box, read more.
A stack of colorful cups made of a material that won't break, are perfect for stacking, sorting, and swapping. When wee ones are finished playing, they can help you give the cups a suds wash before using them for drinking.