This mom on TikTok showed how a few simple household items that you already own can be used as an inexpensive and fun alternative to store-bought toys, and not only will it save you money but it’s a playtime game changer!
TikToker Lauren Mejia (@motherhoodandmontessori) is a busy parent and teacher who often shares content featuring Montessori principles, a method of education that emphasizes independence and hands-on learning. Recently, Mejia shared a video where she illustrates how everyday household items can serve as an inexpensive alternative to store-bought toys, and parents are loving all the creative ideas.
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One shot features her adorable toddler, Braxton, playing with small animal figurines in a drying rack designed to look like grass.
Braxton works on his fine motor skills in the next shot by putting neatly cut pieces of a rubber straw through the hole on top of a large plastic tumbler.
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As Mejia’s video comes to a close, the words, “Use what you already own,” appear on screen over a final shot of little Braxton using a small kitchen strainer to scoop out plastic balls floating in a plastic bin partially filled with water.
Viewers took to the comments to express their excitement over Mejia’s easy and affordable playtime hack.
“Using the Boon Grass [countertop drying rack] for that is genius,” one user complimented.
“I want to get rid of all the toys I have for my daughter and do this instead,” shared one parent.
“Love this! [It] avoids so much clutter and waste. [I don’t care] if people like spoiling their kids, [the kids] don’t know the difference! They just want quality time,” one TikToker mentioned.
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