Straws? Seriously?!

Toddlers are amazed by a lot of things we don’t give a second glance. Everything is new to them, so I suppose it makes sense. At the top of their list of fantastic inventions that create endless fun are stickers, band-aids, and in my world of toddlers, straws.

The first time my little lady used a straw, we were at a Buffalo Wild Wings. We ordered her a milk and it came with a lid and a straw. She was a little over a year and we thought, why not, she can try it.

It took her a few tries, but once she got it, she was amazed! I may or may not have shed a tear.

She kept testing it out having a blast. If we let her, she would have polished off that milk way before our food arrived.

Lately, straws have taken the forefront in our house. Apparently, they are sooooo much fun. And there are so many different types!!   Luckily for you, I’m going to share a run-down of all the “incredible” different types of straws that can be found at your neighborhood Dollar Store.

1. The Standard Straw

It’s straight and boring, but you can still get liquid out of it. If it’s a kiddos first time trying one out, it’s so cool!

2. The Bendy Straw

At first it looks like a standard straw. But wait!! You can bend it! Several minutes worth of fun! Ha!

3. The Scooper Straw

You can eat slurpees with it. You can also still get liquids through it. It’s multi-purpose awesomeness.

4. The Extra Long Bendy Straw

This one expands a lot and can be turned into a loopy straw.

Each straw has had its moment in the limelight in my household. But this week, the star, is the extra long bendy straw. My girl has been obsessed with it! Part of the fun for her is picking out the color. Then she gets to shape it however she wants.

Pretty much the only way I get my kids to drink water is through a straw. So for me, they’re worth having around. And of course the bit of time the kids spend playing with them is also nice. Just be sure you don’t let them play with them when they’re in their drink.

And since my house now has an over abundance of straws, here are a few others things we may consider trying with them:

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Who knew straws could be so fun and entertaining? My kids teach me something new every day.

Are your kids obsessed with straws like mine? Or are they really into something else that surprises you? Please share! I am always open to trying anything that may entertain my little ones!

October 9, 2015
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10 Comments

  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    love this post because it made me realize…i totally need to find some bendy straws! i used to LOVE them when i was a kid, but my own kids only have regular straws. need to fix that asap! 🙂

    October 9, 2015 at 8:09 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      LOL!! Good! The bendy ones are the best!! We get ours at the Dollar Store-a big bag of straws for a buck!

      October 9, 2015 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Betsy Strauss

    It is so fun to experience common things afresh through our kids. So cute!! My kids are crazy for straws…the bendier the better!

    October 9, 2015 at 8:51 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      It is fun! And yes!! The bendier the better for sure!!

      October 9, 2015 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Shann Eva

    I’ve gotta get me some straws! I think the boys would love playing with the bendy ones, and there will be enough so they don’t have to fight over them. Well, I’m sure they will, but I’ll just get another 😉 Great ideas!

    October 9, 2015 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Alana

    You had me at stickers, straws, and band-aids. They’re huge in our household. Come to think of it, I think I could buy myself some sanity by just giving them each a box of band-aids each and every day….
    Love the activities you included.

    October 10, 2015 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Jill

    oh, how true! Straws can be so fun! My dad taught my kids how to blow the wrapper off of them and I still get on him for that little lesson. NOT fun to deal with at a restaurant 🙂
    Did you ever have one of those hats that held a drink and the straw wrapped around down to your mouth? A hands-free drink holder thingy 🙂 Maybe you could add that to your straw collection at your house!!

    October 10, 2015 at 11:42 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      My husband taught the wrapper trick. Not my favorite.
      We have never had the hats with a straw but I bet my kids would LOVE it!

      October 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Jeanette

    This brought back fond memories. I love that you’re writing – what a treasure for your own memories as the kids grow older and a wonderful legacy for them. Keep up the great posts 🙂

    October 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Jeanette! That means a lot!

      October 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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