I'm often amazed by the innate creativity and playful nature of children. Today I enjoyed a quiet morning with our two youngest kids. Our (almost) two-year-old daughter spent the better part of an hour playing with a teddy bear, a blanket, the laundry basket and an empty yogurt container. She was happy as a clam, not concerned that her toys were simple and inexpensive.
As I prepare for our upcoming move, I am thinking about purging and streamlining our family's belongings. In particular, I've begun sorting through the kids' toys. It seems toys have a crazy way of multiplying and taking over space. I believe toys need not be expensive or fancy to be fun. Some of the best toys are simple and everyday. Therefore, I plan to get rid of most of the kids "non-creative' toys --- especially the ones that require batteries, are made of cheap plastic, came with a restaurant meal, or are broken or damaged.
Further, in our new house Ben and I plan to rotate through the kids' toy collection. We will keep many toys in storage, bringing out only a small selection at a time. When our house was on the market we put many of the children's toys away anyway. The kids didn't seem to notice toys were missing. I was amazed how much easier clean-up time became with fewer toys. The play room in our new house will be slightly smaller than our current one, so I believe less toys will be a great benefit.
Here is a list of some of my favourite toys for children. These toys will definitely stay within our collection:
- Wooden blocks
- Wooden train set with tracks
- Lego and duplo blocks
- Tinker toys
- Play kitchen with pretend food and dishes
- Soft puppets
- Dress up clothes
- Little people
- Potato heads
- Stuffed animals (I often edit this collection)
- Dolls with soft bodies and faces
- Play dough and tools
- Art supplies
- Lacing toys (for older preschoolers)
- Aqua doodle