10 Gifts for Toddlers that Will Make Your House an Epic Mess
What would a household with kids be without a little mess? Toys are known for making messes, and creative play toys are perhaps the biggest contributors. Painting, Play-Doh and and other types of arts and crafts toys are automatic mess makers, but there are some toys you haven’t thought about that can make your house look like a trash site. As a general rule of thumb, if a toy comes in a bucket or has more than 20 pieces, you can assume those toys will magically get everywhere. Here are some of the best picks of toddler toys that will have you on your hands and knees, cleaning and tidying.
Just the thought of Kinetic Sand makes some parents shudder. Visions of purple sand on the bottom of socks, the carpet stairs, in toy tea pots and on the sofa come to mind. The stuff is great, but boy, does it get everywhere. In an ideal world, toddlers will use the play box it come with, but in reality they will run around the house with sand that is easy to hold in their hand, and easy to drop in places you dare to imagine.
World’s Apart A-Zebra Square Sensory Ball Pit
Toddlers love balls, ball play and ball pits. But once you fill your World’s Apart Sensory Ball Pit with 50 or more balls, those balls unfortunately will not stay in the designated play area. Instead, you’ll spend tidy up time, fetching balls from under the sofa, cupboards, tv stands, and table. The good news is you’ll get surprisingly good at throwing balls into the pit from a distance, it’ll become an new daily hobby.
Little Tikes Splish Splash Sink & Stove
Let toddlers get a taste of household chores with this fun Splish Splash Sink & Stove set. Kids can spray water into the sink, by pumping the real working faucet. This set includes 13 fun accessories which store in the sink’s base for easy cleanup. It goes without saying that children and a sink full of water equals a mess unlike no other. There will be wet clothes, floors, and a wet anything else that happens to be around while the fun takes place.
KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set
The KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set includes 115 pieces of fruits and vegetables and other food items. While kids will love the creative playtime that all of these food items can bring, parents won’t love the epic mess on the floor that is ultimately where most of these play foods will end up. A hundred items of anything is guaranteed quiet time, engaging toddlers with pretend play, but also a guaranteed mess time.
Nuby Bath Time Fun Crayons
Arts and crafts toys are a new kind of fun when they go into the bathtub. The Nuby Bath Time Fun Crayons are creative toys that get filed under ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’. Yes, those doodles on the side of the bath are very cute, but when those easy to grip crayons end up on the sink and toilet as well as a mural on the bath wall, it amounts to a lot of scrubbing. The good news is the marks do come off easy enough with a little bit of wiping, but when you really think about it, you’re just giving yourself extra cleaning work.
ALEX Toys Color and Cuddle Washable Pony
The idea behind toys like the ALEX Toys Color and Cuddle Washable Pony is that since kids like to draw on toys, why not give them a special toy that they are allowed to doodle on. Great, except, we know what kids are like, the moment you take your eyes off them, they’ll stop doodling on their cute pony and start doodling on the cushions, sofa, wall or floor. Older kids will understand, but younger toddlers, will start to see everything as a canvas, making yet another epic mess for you clean up.
If it comes in a bucket and has tiny pieces, your house is doomed. For decades, LEGO toys have been some of the most popular creative play toys for toddlers. The Lego Duplo set includes 76 play pieces such as windows, flowers and wheels. Kids can create trucks, houses, animals, and people with this set before storing all of the pieces in the reusable plastic bucket.
ALEX Toys ALEX Jr. Tots Art Gallery
The Alex Jr Tots Art Gallery will certainly get the creative juices flowing and will inspire all kinds of creative playtime. The set includes a variety of art supplies such as peel and stick boards, paper frames, crayons, shredded tissue, sticker pictures, google eyes, buttons and much more. Undoubtedly parents and toddlers will have great fun making art, but the downside is with so many art pieces, there will undoubtedly be a mess on the floor.
Melissa & Doug 100 Wood Building Blocks Set
A hundred of anything is going to cause a mess. The Melissa & Doug 100 Wood Building Blocks Set is a favorite building toy that lets kids use their imaginations to build towns, towers and structures. A classic toy that also causes a classic mess.
Learning Resources Jungle Animals
Kids will have great fun playing with this big tub of Learning Resources Jungle Animals. These little animal figures will encourage kids to create storylines, learn about animals and engage in social play. With 60 little animals that will be scattered around your house, buckets of toys may no longer be a welcoming gift.