Our little boy is 1 year old. It is so hard to believe (also hard to believe is that I am almost done with another knitting project).
So, I don't know where I first saw this idea, though I am sure that there were tons of them on Pinterest. I don't even know how many people we suggested this to as a gift for our little one. Early this past week we got a pair of boxes. One was already partially opened (thank you postal service!), but had a packing slip so we knew who it was from. The other box did not.
Inside that other box was balls. Ball pit balls.
The first box was an activity set, which also included balls. The activity set isn't something that Q is currently as interested in, but the balls. They are a HUGE HIT! We just added them to a baby wading pool that we had cleaned up for the winter.
Not only did he have a blast playing in them, but the other kids at the party (9- and 10-years old) were able to play with him in a safe fashion without needing to be excessively monitored by all of the adults in the room. It was fun to watch, and continues to be great fun for him to play with now almost a week later.
One of the things we've been doing with the balls has been describing their characteristics. This is probably a misguided notion that all of his toys should be more purely educational, but we will pick up a ball and say it is blue, round, shiny, etc. Or we will start counting the balls of a single color.
Q's birthday also involved a tasty cake, which I will include a recipe for if I can find pictures of the cake to include with. Yum!