9 Household Items Toddlers Love To Play With

You bought your toddler the best toys to play with. They are toxic-free, fairly-priced, and appropriate for their age. However, these toys lie untouched as your little one is more interested in exploring everyday household items. You may often see your child playing with remote controls and destroying all your DVR settings or playing with household utensils. But could any of these household items be hazardous? Toys come with a warning, but household items do not. There are some household items that can be dangerous for your little one.

Experts have listed down few household items that toddlers love to play. The following list is meant to help parents understand which items are safe to play with and which can be hazardous to child's health.

1. Metal Keys

Why kids play with them: Toddlers love playing with metal keys because they are shiny and make jangling sounds. They are fun to tuck away and hide in small places like pockets and bags.

Problems with metal keys: Keys are made of brass, which may contain traces of lead. Keys can cause injury to the mouth if the fall or swallow them while sucking on them. Many times they are found in filthy and oily areas. Thus, this is not a perfect toy for your child to have in his mouth. Moreover, pointed edges of keys may injure your child’s eyes.

Let them play or take away: Take away. Replace them with plastic toy keys.

2. Remote Controls

Why kids play with them: Kids love pressing all those colorful and soft buttons that show flashing lights. They are fascinated by remote controls, especially when they can turn things on and off.

Problems with remote controls: Remote controls are not safe to play with as they contain coin-size lithium-ion batteries, which could be lethal if swallowed. Children often bang the remote against the floor, which can break small parts of the remote and thus can become a choking hazard.

Let them play or take away: Take away the toy. Replace them with plastic remote controls.                

3. Cardboard Boxes

Why kids play with them: Toddler’s enjoy playing with cardboard boxes. They can transform them into cars, boats, doll houses, castles, and tunnels. They can make outfits out of them, crawl in them, and play hide and seek. This cardboard box is light in weight, which helps the child to move them easily and manipulate them in whatever way they like.

Problems with cardboard boxes: The only problem with the cardboard box could be that they may get trapped in the box, especially when they are playing hide and seek. Pieces of the box that may get torn off can be choking hazards.

Let them play or take away: Let them express their creativity while playing with the cardboard box, but always keep an eye on them.

4. Storage Containers of Food

Why kids play with them: A pantry full of storage containers can entertain a small child for hours. They enjoy playing with them and making noise. They bang the containers to open them and make a mess out of whatever is stored inside it. They enjoy emptying and stuffing the container again and again. They also love piling all the different-sized containers and matching them up with the lids.

Problems with storage containers: The child bangs open the containers and may eat whatever spills out of it.  This may cause choking hazards or problems with allergies. Moreover, the child may make a mess of the entire pantry, and you must be ready to clean up all the mess.

Let them play or take away: Let them play, but only under your supervision.

5. The Recycling Bin

Why kids play with them: For a child, the recycling bin is like a toy box that containing bottles, foil, newspapers and more that makes different sounds and introduces new tastes.

Problems with the recycle bin: The recycling bin contains harmful objects that may be covered with germs and bacteria. It is essential to keep the recycling bin out of your child’s reach.

Let them play or take away: Take away. You can make a childproof bin which contains select rinsed bottles or other objects for playtime.

6. Kitchenware

Why kids play with them: Children usually love playing with spoons, saucepans, mixing-bowls, cups, pots, and pans. They enjoy banging the lids together, looking at their reflection in the lid and trying to work out which lid goes with which saucepan.

Problems with kitchenware: Many times, children will not be able to make the difference between a toy on the floor and when it is on the stove with a flame under it. This can be dangerous for your child. So, always keep an eye on your little one while they are playing.

Let them play or take away: Let them play. However, it is necessary to teach them about hot stoves.

7. Tissues

Why kids play with them: Children imagine a tissue box like a magic box from which tissues may fly out again and again until the box is empty. Moreover, they are soft and easy to tear up into pieces.

Problems with tissues: It’s not harmful at all if a child puts a clean tissue in their mouth. However, keep an eye on your child as they may tear the tissue and swallow it. This can cause choking hazards.

Let them play or take away: Let them play with tissues but only under close supervision.

8. Piles of Laundry

Why kids play with them: Children love jumping on, crawling under, burrowing into and hiding in small mountains of soft clothes. They also love playing with laundry baskets which they can transform into boats, cars, and trains. Children can turn them into beds for their stuffed dolls or animals. Thus, children can engage in many creative games with piles of laundry or with a laundry basket.

Problems with piles of laundry: Unclean clothes can have bacteria on it from body fluids, and so it should be avoided.

Let them play or take away: You can let your kids play in the laundry if you feel there is nothing too dirty in there. You can always give them a bath if you are still concerned about germs.

 9. Bath Lotion Tubes and Bottles

Why kids play with them: Children love squeezing and sucking on diaper creams, bottles of baby oil and moisturizer because they are squishy and soft. They like to experiment with these lotions by squeezing the cream out of the tube and using their fingers to create patterns.

Problems with them: Baby’s lotions are completely harmless, but allowing them to play with lotions is not a good habit to encourage. Children may feel it is all right to play with other containers that may contain harmful substances, such as prescribed medicines or household detergents or cleansers.

Let them play or take away: Do not allow your child to play with tubes and lotions. It is best not to let children think that lotions and baby oils are toys, and so they can play with it.

Keep encouraging your child to play with different household items as children learn through play. However, always keep a check on them to prevent them from dangerous accidents.


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