Originally Posted by counterGOPI
Yeah, we've never had plastic either but we have too many wooden 'waldorf' toys. I think I have even made too many things for them. It's harder (for me at least) to simplify those kids of things.
I am bad too
: especially with the wooden toys, I like to decorate my house in them ....
Guilty as charged here too (I ordered some Ostheimer figures for ME for Christmas!). Just to mortify myself even further...and try to give myself ideas of what could go...
*Playstands -- they section off a part of the living room for DS (and the kitties enjoy it when we hang curtains off the front for a clubhouse)
*Play kitchen with dishes and a basket of felt food I made. [Doesn't play with the felt food much really.]
*Small basket of musical instruments [Doesn't play much--except the harmonica my dad got him--but only very early in the morning when I stayed up too late. *sigh*]
*Basket of wood animals - some mama-made, some purchased. [Plays with ALL THE TIME]
*3 pieces of castle and some figures for it. [Plays with daily]
*A few vehicles [the one he plays with the most is the one I itch to make disappear--squeaky wheeled M&D firetruck!!]
*Basket of blocks [plays with a few times a week]
*Dollhouse I made + some furniture [rarely plays with it, but I love it and and cats enjoy it!]
*Puzzles [have been put away for a few months, but enjoys them when they're out]
*Doll bed [NEVER plays with]
*Ironing board [NEVER plays with--it's been put away, but he rarely played with it before]
*Big doll and little doll that I made. [Rarely plays with. Donating the little doll, but the big doll has to stay for my sake.
*Small number of stuffed animals (they breed...esp around the holidays! I cull them regularly!)
*A large basket of silks and dress-up items [Play with all the time, but could thin the silks even more--he really only uses one or two but I made a ton of them because it was fun.]
*Wooden sword and shield [mostly live at his dad's because he's better than me and it hurts my knuckles!]
*Set of M&D tools from Christmas last year (a huge deal where my brother LISTENED to our request for wood toys!). [Played with somehow or another a couple times a week.]
*A small assortment of Schleich animals. [good bath toys, and his dad likes to get them. played with non-stop!]
*Plus a couple of misc things that went with his farm when we had it all set up on a train table -- out buildings, a tree or two, etc. The barn itself lives at his dad's house now but comes over to visit once in a while. I sold the train table when I moved.
Part of the trouble with getting rid of things is that I'm hesitant to cull too much when family actually went through the effort of finding things that fit our requests. I don't love Melissa and Doug, but those gifts represent a significant effort by relatives that blatantly ignored our request for no plastic the first year because they a) didn't get it, and b) thought it was a phase and probably c) thought DS was missing out on something with my silly ideas. Don't know if that makes sense. But the exercise of making the list was helpful. I can see some items that should clearly be either packed away for a while, or moved on to another family that will love them. It's time to do the same with his books as well. I'm not vigilant about culling the books and he's on the <a href="http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/
">Dolly Parton program</a> so gets a new book (of varying quality!) every month. Time to start sharing some with other homes!!
Did I ever mention that my mother only BARELY managed to convince my dad not to get him a REAL bow and arrow set last year for his 3rd birthday?? I think that particular item will live at Grandpa's house when the time comes (hopefully not for a few more years!)! He can shoot their neighbors!!!
This year, when I started putting together his wish list (my family are OCD early shoppers), I was EXPLICIT that he doesn't need toys, has too many toys, no more room for toys. I did say what types of things he likes because some people really love to buy toys for kids (I do!) no matter what. But I wanted to be crystal clear that he doesn't need a darn thing!!!!