Whenever possible, buy toys that are made of wood, rubber, metal or textile. They have distinctive feels and excellent for exploration. Give the child the best examples of what our world has to offer. Just found these things around the house to give to the kids as toys: wooden button, short honey dipper, 4 jingle bells tied together with a 1/2″ ribbon, two piece of cloth sewn together and filled with brown rice. Cut down on the plastic toys. If you must give them plastic, at least make sure it is high-quality plastic.
from left: honey dipper, rubber protrusion ball, two pieces of cloth sewn together with rice inside, basket to hold all three