There are free toys all around our house. Sparkles and Buttercup take every day household items and create a game, art piece or theater experience just about every day. This is their interpretation of the bathroom towels. The different size towels are laid in patterns, then Sparkles lays down for a pretend nap. (Many of their plays have pretend naps. My Mom friends with boys are jealous. But I hear the plays will get more dramatic with time.)
But, FREE might not be completely accurate. There is a clean up cost, but then again, everything has a clean up cost. There is a cost to having the soft boundary between what is a toy and what is Mom and Dad’s. I spend extra time looking for a bag clip on some days. And the soft boundary needs explaining, like how the toilet paper isn’t an OK toy anymore because we don’t want to buy a new 24-roll-pack of toilet paper every day. When they were learning the new rule, we stacked up the toilet paper they had played with and used it anyway. This is a our guest bathroom. Is this strange for a guest bathroom?
But I like that they can make something fun out of almost anything. I like the stories they come up with. I like that I don’t need to buy things with batteries to keep them entertained. It is just every day playing around the house with every day things. I like that everyday kind of fun and you sure can’t beat the price.