The Best Free and Educational Toy for Your Toddler

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

I am thankful to the very rainy day we had yesterday because it helped me discover the best free and educational toy possible for my 14 month old!

Drum roll, please.

The amazing toy is a large, empty box!

Here are 5 ways that Baby utilized the box (without any prompting from me):

1. The box assists walking.
baby plays with box
Baby can take up to 12 steps on his own, but he almost always chooses to crawl. He discovered that he could push the box on the floor and walk around the house that way.

2. The box is a peek-a-boo station.
baby in box
Baby initiated several games of peek-a-boo around the sides of the box as well as by looking through the clear plastic tape on the bottom of the box.

3. The box challenged his problem solving skills.
baby in box
When Baby would push the box around the house, it would often get stuck in corners and on furniture. Baby spent the time to figure out which box flaps to push in so he could make it around the turns.

4. The box is an excellent drum.
toddler drums on box
Baby can find a drum on almost any surface, and when the box was turned upside down, it was a perfect percussion instrument.

5. The box is a toddler clubhouse.
baby stands in box
Baby enjoyed sitting in the box, playing with toys in there, and just practicing standing in the box.

What is the best free and educational toy that you have discovered for your toddler?

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