Our Favorite Toy

by HEAB on October 10, 2013

We try and keep Christmas pretty simple around here as we don’t want the focus of the holiday to be on presents, presents, presents, give me, give me, give me (not just for the kids but for the adults as well). We aim for one gift that the recipient will truly love and a filled stocking.  That’s the goal anyway.  The gift part is easy.  I keep an ongoing list of stuff I’d love to get for the kids, and Chris NEVER buys anything for himself.  So, whenever he shows an interest in any sort of product I write it down for future holidays and birthdays.  Anyway, it’s the stockings that challenge me as I like to stock them with thoughtful and clever gifts.  Summer was fairly easy to buy for last year, but I had no idea what to get Charlie and Katie.  After a last minute frantic google search for “best gift for a six month old”, I found a few ideas including these cups, and now I can’t for the life of me remember what ended up in their stockings besides those cups, AKA the toy of 2013.

Who would’ve have thought something to simple could occupy my children for hours?    They all love these plastic cups, the toddler included.

I didn’t realize when I threw them in my Amazon cart how many uses they have.  There are numbers on the bottom of each cup, and so they’re great for stacking and counting.  You can use them as containers for dry goods (beans, coins, etc.) to teach transferring skills, and since all the cups contain holes in the bottom, they are great for bath time and water play.

Stacking and knocking down the cups is probably their favorite game for now, but I have a feeling as the kids grow and learn, we will find more and more creative uses for their cups.  My only complaint is that I am constantly picking up cups. Haha, I can’t tell you how many nights after putting the kids to bed, I’ve said to Chris, the (insert color here) cup is missing, and we cannot sit down to dinner until it’s found.  The type-A in me rears its ugly head when it comes to these cups, but after ten months, we still have two complete sets.  A little proud of that fact.

Anyway, just wanted to share.  I am in no way connected with the cup people.  No affiliate links, etc.  I’ve just been cleaning out our toys in a major way (By the way, have you read Simplicity Parenting?  Good stuff!) and decided I needed to spread the stackable cup love.  Hope they bring as much joy to a little one in your life as they have brought to mine.