You don't have to spend up large on expensive toys! Christine Nikiel offers up 5 more safe household items that, with a little creativity, make great playthings.
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PEGS Colourful, numerous and small enough to hold but not to swallow, pegs have a multitude of attractions for younger children. They're perfect for posting into a container, and tipping them out again; as pretend food in pots and pans; for making patterns with (pictured); for pegging together to make as long a 'snake' as you can; as toys' hair clips or 'earrings'; they're excellent for hanging paintings up to dry or to display them on a string in bedrooms. You could even get your little one to help hang up some washing on a clothes horse or mini washing line!