All parents love to buy toys for their kids. Children should play with varieties of toys like educational and learning, creative, novelty toys and electronic toys to improve their dexterity, skill, imagination and their overall development. Today, the toys are so expensive that parents who are on low budget cannot really afford them.However, there are few toys that are simple and cheap and yet they give all the benefits of expensive toys. These include play-doh, crayons, puzzles, board games, craft kits, books and puppets. These can also be used as gifts for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. They do not cost a fortune, but they guarantee hours of fun for kids.Kids are least bothered about the price of the toy. Even small and cheap toys amuse them. With a little patience and research, parents can buy cheap toys that will make their kids happy. So, why to waste money on expensive toys?An easy and inexpensive way to keep the child busy is by making toys at home. Creative toys can be made from everyday stuff that is readily available at home. With little imagination, common household items can be turned into beautiful toys. There are a lot of internet resources which give ideas on homemade toys.Kids never get bored of toys. However, they do not like to play with the same toys for a long time. Garage sale, flea market and thrift shop like Goodwill are the best place to look for gently used toys which are very cheap.Sometimes, it is better to search for cheap toys online. In this computer age, online shopping is very convenient for everyone. Craigslist is an online community, where people sell old and new toys at a discounted price. It is very easy to search for cheap toys in this site. EBay is one of the web sites where reasonably priced toys can be found. EBay has several different cheap toys and it is easy to get them all from one place for a lower price.Sales and discounts are another way to reduce the expenses on toys. These can be found in the local paper, store circular and online toy stores. These money saving coupons are the best bargains in all kinds of shopping. Some toy shops like Toys r us give reward cards. When these cards are used for shopping at Toys r us, points get accumulated, which can be used to buy new toys. Toys r us also gives a $3 gift card for the kid’s birthday each year, if signed up for birthday club.Whether parents buy cheap toys or expensive toys, all that matters is how much quality time he/she can spend with the kids and that is what all the kids look for.
There are 4 types of bird toys your parrot must have in their bird cage. These types of toys will make for a well adjusted bird who is not wanting for your attention by screaming or plucking his feathers.Chewable Bird ToysChewable bird toys are the toys that once you put it in your bird’s cage, he immediately tears them up. Believe it or not, this is great fun for your bird and not only is it great fun it also makes them feel accomplished. Have you ever accomplished a task at work or at home that once you were done you felt great. You might even have stared at what you accomplished just to enjoy the feeling a little longer. This is the feeling that a parrot has when he chews and tears a toy up and can see the fruits of his labor below. This is also a great activity for his beak and keeps him active and in a playful mode. I also often think that my birds love to watch me come clean up after they have destroyed one of their toys. It is as if they like the attention of me coming over and cleaning.Some examples of chewable toys are toys made out of wood, such as pine and other soft woods and also hardwoods, leather, soft plastics, paper and supreme cotton rope.Foraging Bird ToysForaging toys are the latest rave in Parrot toys. These toys are great and allow your bird to forage for food as he would in the wild. It forces your bird to instinctively search for food and also allows them to work their mind in finding this food. Our Quaker parrot Phantom, loves to forage for his food and finds it difficult playing with regular toys. A lot of foraging toys are made out of indestructible plastic materials which makes these toys what I call Last Forever toys. Some foraging toys are meant to be destroyed so your bird can rip and tear at it while he searches for the hidden surprise. Sometimes your bird can get too smart and is able to figure out the trick to finding the hidden treats too quickly and it is up to you the bird owner to think of ways of making it more difficult for him to find his treats in the Foraging Toys.In the case of our Quaker Phantom, I stuff newspaper and recyclable paper into his foraging toy to make it more difficult for him to find his food. At first he thought it was a little too much work to pull out the paper and get the food inside but he then realized no pain no glory and started tearing out the newspaper with a vengeance in order to get the food inside.Last Forever Parrot ToysAnother classification of bird toys is what I call Last Forever Toys. In most cases these toys should last forever because they are so durable. These toys can be made out of PVC, acrylic, hard plastic or metal. These toys are great for the bigger birds because their beaks are so big and they will have a more difficult time destroying these types of toys. Some of the best toys in this category are made out of acrylic and PVC. Your larger birds such as Macaws and Cockatoos with those big beaks will love the different components they can twist and turn in these types of toys.Physical Activity Bird ToysAn example of a physical activity bird toy would be a swing. The reason that a swing is a physical activity toy is that your bird has to use a lot of his muscles to stay on the swing and balance. Our Severe Macaw Buddy loves to play on his swing. He will actually swing his body back and forth to make his swing move and you can just see the workout he is getting. He also loves to sleep on his swing as does our Cockatoo Marshmellow. Swings also help promote coordination for your bird as well is preventing feet atrophy. There are many different types of swings to choose from. Some swings come with chewable parts on the sides and chewable parts hanging below the swing to allow your bird to have the best of both worlds, a swing to get exercise and a toy to play with.