I've always loved what people refer to as 'children's illustration. Why is it just for children, what about meeeee? When my children were little, a perfect day for me would be to visit the library and spend time pouring over the children's picture book section, taking pleasure in choosing the best illustrated ones (sometimes regardless of the story content, shame on me!) It's taken me a while to realise I'm 'allowed' to have these books just for myself, so I've treated myself recently. I've bought the Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy and illustrated by Jane Ray.
Jane Ray has a lovely way with colour and design, and has illustrated many books, so now I want all of them!
I'm so familiar with having toys around, that I've not noticed them as possible models for drawing.
Here's a quick sketch of a little plastic crocodile see-saw and a swing.