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Tricks My Mama Taught Me: Ball of Yarn

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,


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.

Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
Just be careful that the yarn doesn't get wrapped around their necks!!
abqmama abqmama 9 years
My kids have sooo many toys and yet the their favorite things to play with are a blanket and a laundry basket.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I always gave my boys my keys or a hair brush and that would always keep them pacified for I like the ball of yarn idea though! :D
stina829 stina829 9 years
Great ideas!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
That is the most adorable picture! :)
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