6 Frugal Favourite Baby Toys You Probably Already Have In Your Kitchen

This post was originally published on October 25, 2010, and was updated on March 11, 2020.

Naomi, age 5 momths, circa 2010.

We didn’t really realize how simple a baby toy could be until Naomi was old enough to sit in her high chair. Once she was able to do that comfortably, I saw how fascinated she was at the sight of a set of metal measuring spoons I was using one day. These quickly became her favorite rattle. I realized that all the plastic junk toys we’d collected couldn’t hold a candle to a good bunch of regular kitchen utensils.

Her first favorite is the wooden spoons. She loves to chew on them and bang them against her high chair, and listen to the smacking sound it makes.

She also likes it when we pile silicone muffin cups, plastic pudding and yogurt cups into pyramids and then she swings her spoon awkwardly into them, causing a giggling crash.

Cookie cutters are great shapes to trace your finger around, to chew on, and to smash on the tray.  They can be strung on wooden spoons or over little hands like bracelets.  Smaller ones can be stacked inside larger ones to make lovely stacking toys as well! 

Mesh grocery bags are a fantastic tactile toy for little fingers to explore. It is fun to put stuff in and let her discover how to get it out, such as face cloths, small toys, clean cloth wipes and even little feet. I love the puzzled look on her face trying to figure it out.

A clean dish towels serves as a great way to play “Find the Baby”. I simply drape it over her head, and then start calling her name in a sing-song voice, wondering where my baby went. I can usually put an item or two away before she finds her way out.

But the best toy is, as always, Mommy and Daddy. Especially playing Peekabo, grabbing little feet, making funny faces or telling stories with lots of big hand gestures.

What are some of your child’s favourite toys?  Let us know in the comments!