|Baby on play mat|
For me, as a kid, it never mattered whether the toy I had made noise or not. Actually, playing with toys that made noise was one of the indicators of my deafness because I never reacted to the noises, but heck... I didn't feel like I was missing anything. In fact, one of my favorite toys was a stereo with a microphone. I wore out the tape until playing it back made everything sound weird and distorted. It was a great way to freak out the neighborhood kids.
And my other favorite toys as a child weren't necessarily toys... they were books. I attribute a lot of my verbal, writing, and reading skills to the massive amount of books I read as a child. They, too, helped indicate to my parents that I had a hearing loss, when I always wanted to sit to one side of my mother when she read to me, and not the other.
If you have any suggestions I am sure they would love to hear them in the comments at Ohdeedoh.