Thanks to our uni lifestyle we can’t splash out on the things we did when we were both working full time. We have made sacrifices, said, ‘No,’ to a lot of things and we watch our spending on a daily basis.
Being careful with our money has made me look at ways we can still obtain what we need without breaking the bank. One thing I have discovered is toys at the Op Shop (which is a Thrift Shop or a Charity Shop, for those international readers). And my gosh, are there some great things that cost a dollar or two and they are easily Thomas’ (and my) favourite toys.
I pop my head into our local Op Shop once a month to see if there is anything for Thomas and more times than not I find little treasures that Thomas adores. I also love that I’m helping reduce rubbish ending up in landfill.
Below are the little treasures we have snapped up, so far.
^ Thomas learnt to stack with these blocks. He started with stacking 2 and has progressed to stacking 4 blocks without any toppling over. We use these blocks to help him with his language skills as well.
^ ‘Sure thing, Toby. You may need to come closer to see what I’m doing.’
^ We use this puzzle to help with Thomas’ fine motor skills and language skills.
^ Trucks, a few dollars each.
^ We have found some great books at the Op Shop. This one is one of Thomas’ favourites.
^ A couple of classic books we have found. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and an Elmer book. Thomas likes to look through books while I get his meals ready.