Classic, Inexpensive, Natural Toys

While looking for “natural” toys for Little T, I remembered the mini-palayok (clay pot) set that I had as a child. My cousin and I would actually light a fire and cook some rice in it… together with some leaves and flowers. I further traveled down memory lane and recalled a small broom I used to have, just perfect for my small hands.

Last year, I searched for these toys from my childhood. Good quality palayok sets are hard to find in Manila and we bought our unglazed clay pots in Batangas province. Child-sized versions of the walis tambo and the walis tingting can be found in Manila market stalls. These are real brooms used to clean small spaces like the back of stoves.
 
Sweeping with a walis tambo


Little T is very pleased with her real toys.  She spends hours “cooking” in her clay pots, filling them with sand, grass blades, leaves and flowers. She sweeps the floor and is very proud that she is actually helping and doing some work. I am now looking for a child-sized dust pan as she is struggling with the regular-sized one.

 

Recently, I was tempted to buy a wooden cooking set that I saw. It has a two-stove burner and an array of pots and pans. It looked great. I really wanted to buy it. Compared to the palayok set, it looked… posh. But we don’t need posh. I was looking for “natural” and the palayok is as natural as the soil it is made of. 
 
Cooking with clay pots, dried coconut shells, and leaves and flowers
The walis tambo and the walis tingting are made out of coconut leaves and tiger grass, respectively. Together with the palayok, they make inexpensive, natural, and easily available toys for our kids.
Make magic!
Mariel Uyquiengco
  • Peggy

    HI MARIEL,
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING, I HAVE 2 DAUGHTERS, AND ARE IN THEIR AGE OF PLAYING BAHAY-BAHAYAN, JUST LIKE YOU, I HAD FOND MEMORIES OF PLAYING PALAYOK NA LUTU-LUTUAN WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, MAY I KNOW WHERE

  • peggy

    ni mariel,
    may i know where did you bought the toy palayok, the wooden lutuan and the brooms and other stuffs?
    thanks.

  • http://www.thelearningbasket.com/ Mariel @ The Learning Basket

    Hi Peggy! We bought the palayok from a stall along the highway going to San Juan Batangas :) You can probably find some, I’m just not sure with the quality, in provincial markets. The same goes with the brooms. :)  You can also try Farmer’s Market :)