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With age warnings on nearly every toy these days and most being for children over the age of 3 years it can be hard to find simple toys to play with. It is no secret to friends and family that I can be slightly toy obsessed and that though Cakes has enjoyed her fair share of simple and home made toys, commercial toys are not scarce in our house. However the educator within me is very passionate about children creating their own play which many commercial toys do not allow children to do.
Here is such a simple toy (that has a not for children under 3 warning) that Cakes and Big Cousin H had tons of fun with. It was $2 from a cheap shop and is essentially a large thunder stick (or long plastic tube bag). It was simply blown up with air and tied at both ends. Cakes hit it, scrunched it, and tried to eat it. Big Cousin H also hit it, scrunched though he drove cars on it rather than trying to eat it (that could be the age difference coming through there). Even the cat enjoyed a few swipes at it until it bounced down at her. As this is not suggested for children under the age of 3 it was a toy that was used only under supervision however remained in the lounge room for weeks as Cakes and Big Cousin H (and the cat) continued to play with it on and off.