time. They had a few stuffed animals,
some blocks, and some play food to go with the little kitchen Matt built
Then one day, there was an entire room full of toys. The kids loved these toys and would play with
them, but there were so many and not organized in any good way that the kids
would take the toys to other areas of the home.
Areas where there was clear floor space.
weeding out the toys. And that is what I
did. At 9 months pregnant. Maybe it was pregnancy hormones that made me
want to clean out the majority of the toys, but it was the start of downsizing
the toy collection.
large portion of my “curriculum” is play based.
I want my kids to have the opportunity to play and use their
imagination. Make elaborate block
towers, use LEGO to make a zoo and learn about animals, play Monopoly to learn math,
work on puzzles together.
toy I wanted my children to have. A lot
that the children never used and just sat in a pile.
to involve them when it is something I want them to take ownership in, and
their toys are definitely something I want them to take ownership in.
My kids only have so long of an attention span before they start playing
with the toys we are trying to weed through.
they wanted to donate.
difficult because I did not want to hurt someone’s feelings if they had
purchased the toy, and I didn’t want my feelings to be hurt because I had
purchased the toy!
if a particular toy is needed the next day, but after a week or so it seems the
toy has been forgotten, and the kids decide to play with the many toys they
have, and how there are others that don’t have as much as us. In their little brains they want to make sure
that another little boy has Captain America figure, because it isn’t fair that
Jack has one and another boy does not.
It is sweet to see how giving they are, and how much they want someone
else to have even their most prized possessions.
older, and that perhaps I can learn from their generosity.
downsizing the amount of toys they have in general. I would love to do a rotation system;
unfortunately we do not have the space to store extra toys. Instead, we will try and pare down what we
have until it is a manageable amount.
The kids will be able to take ownership of their toys, and learn to take
care of what they have.