|We do need more of this.|
Which toys do I really need? Because I have all the ones we don't use.
Recently I had a discussion on facebook with an early childhood educator from Childhood 101.
There were a few issues discussed but what I took away most was how wrong the toys are in this house. I have often been perplexed at just why my kids can't entertain themselves very well. We don't really have a lot of toys as I just got sick of buying things they never played with. Immy is a big fan of dolls and babies and prams, but Popps has never really had anything that really just entertained her for a half hour or so.
Other than craft, drawing, sticking, writing, gluing, cutting.
Childhood101 was discussing that as a basic, a child should have some building blocks and toy animals to play with.
We had neither. There is a megablocks wagon that is emptied and they use the wagon but the blocks were rarely played with.
As for animals, there are none.
This week a box of Duplo arrived, I had won it over at Ah the Possibilities, it is a car wash with a little mechanic man. Before opening it I explained this was a toy for Immy. Not really expecting Popps to have an interest anyway. Super wrong. She has wanted her hands all over it and happily played on the floor with it while we prepared dinner - only after bribing Immy with another toy so she would give it up.
I bought some plain wooden blocks. Clearly we need more, 100 is just not enough to build the worlds largest castle and fence and playground and...
I have also been watching the boys over at My Little Drummer Boys love playing with Lego, so I purchased a basic box to see how it would go. Fabulous. Another half hour of play without that usual "Mum, look at me, Mum, play with me".
We still dont have any animals. Yet.
So I am now asking, what are the basic toys that you think keep a child engaged. What toys do they keep playing with rather than use once and never see again?