Our Favorite Toys for Young Children
I have an 8 year old daughter, and 6, 4 and 1.5 year old sons, and another daughter who is still being snuggled all day. We homeschool and I am a write-from-home mom. I have enough toys to populate the planet. We have recently gone through and donated more than 3/4 of said items in hopes to tone down the madness. The process wasn’t easy, but I came up with a great method. I laid out several toys at a time and allowed each child to pick three that stayed; the rest were gone. It was interesting to watch their thought process. They would discuss with one another about what items would be played with in what ways. They would beg to keep other pieces, and I won’t lie, I caved on a few – but only if they presented a strong argument. In the end, everyone was happy. I’m going to share with you what we kept, as they are the items that have been loved and played with by all of my children, at every age so far. (I try to shop “Green Toys,” but I’m not perfect – and I have a lot of kids. Plastic is inevitable.) Wooden Play Kitchen: This thing has been moved to 4 houses and has been loved on daily. It is high quality and sturdy enough to climb on (yep, ask me how I know.) It is used as a kitchen, a store, and anything else they can imagine. Tea Set and Tea: My daughter loves tea parties, the fancier the better. We enjoy one several times a week. We have little wooden tea bags that she uses and then real cookies (of course). Shopping Cart: We have two. They are used for shopping, races, baby doll carriers, rocket ships… I mean, you name it. Wooden Building Blocks: Just a must in every home. The options are pretty limitless out there. We have a few sets, but have weeded through them over the years. I love the blocks with different shapes so castles, walls, and towers can be built. Ours also have little painted buildings on a few pieces, which sets the foundation to be used for creative play. Magna Tiles: We have built a little assortment of pieces. My kids create trains, balls, castles, mazes, and walls with these. They have to work hard and think smart to keep their creations from caving in. LeapPads: Great for road trips and quiet time at home. We homeschool, so every so often I just need a break. The little one will nap, and I will pull LeapPads out for the older ones. I do love that the games we have purchased are all educational. here!