Before I had my daughter, I assumed I would need to by all the expensive toys advertised on television and highlighted on parenting sites and displayed in stores. I was convinced I had to register all the things and buy all the things and make sure my baby (and eventually, toddler) had all she needed to be entertained. Turns out, that's so, so unnecessary. Honestly, it's the little things your toddler will be fascinated by and the majority of those "little things" are every-day
I've found over the last few years and as my daughter has gradually entered the toddler stage that, when she has to choose between an expensive toy that talks to her and lights up versus an empty paper towel roll, she'll choose the empty paper towel roll every time. This was not only mind-boggling, but mildly frustrating as I had already spent money on the toy with the lights and the talking, only to have it be completely ignored. Then again, it also meant I had no reason to buy those toys in the future and that? Well, that's a revelation I can get behind.
In the end, at least for me and my family, there's no need to go buy all those expensive, fancy toys. If your toddler is anything like mine, he or she will end up playing with the box the toy came in than the actual toy itself. So, if you're looking for ways to entertain your kid but you don't want to break the bank, try introducing your kid to the following: