I have a variety of different materials that has been purchased and recycled from various places. My children enjoy the kitchen materials that I mostly purchase from a dollar store. They are real life items that we as parents use on a daily basis. The kids get a sense of “grown up” taste and often mimic what they hear when the parents are using them. I have used materials such as milk jugs for bowling pins, egg cartons for play and craft. Toys do not have to be expensive to have fun with them.