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post #21 of 25
for us, when hawk appears to have a specific, lasting interest, we purchase.

for example, he was obsessed with bikes. we would go to the playground, and as soon as a kid got off a bike, he would try to get on it and ride it. he would point them out, he would try to ride, and he would often just ride that around the playground (parents are pretty open here) and then cry when the family reclaimed their bike.

so, we shopped and found a balance bike that we like, that we know is adjustable and could last many years (up to age 5-6). (http://www.wishbonedesign.com/) he rides it every day, he talks about it constantly, and he loves to take it out for a ride. it was a good purchase, and will last him another 3-4 years. by then, he may have a sibling who could use it also, or we could pass it on to cousins or such.

anyway, his birthday came and while his grandparents wanted us to buy toys for him, i showed them how he "made" his own toys. he created a helicopter (be-leh-be-leh) with a peg, and two bits of the stacking toy; he created an airplane with his train and two pens stuck through the windows. so, he didn't need those toys. one train car is a 'car' and another is hte 'cable car' and then he also has the train itself. and then blocks make boats and houses. he doesn't really need any more toys.

they sent clothes and also books, which is perfect, and we just keep it simple with some basic wool felting supplies--a hand working skill i want to introduce to him. i think he will enjoy it. if he doesn't; i will.

i keep my parents focused, telling them explicitly what i want. they know we live in a small space, that i prefer minimalism and open ended toys, and that craft supplies here are expensive. so, they can support that process (and then we'll send the results to them!). my ILs are a bit harder to predict and rein in, btu they are cheap, so they won't buy much.
post #22 of 25
simplification definitely is a process.

if family can understand and follows your wishes that can make it much easier and hopefully they will grow with you. i came into waldorf when my little one was three. the hardest things for our family has been limited media and toys. my family has come around within the last three years but my in-laws just do not understand.

my little one (6 years) loves going over friends houses and takes notes on all the things she likes.
post #23 of 25
I don't usually get rid of toys, but I do rotate them out as dd1 outgrows them. I don't get rid of them b/c we have another kid & will have more after her, too. DD1 still plays w/ the beads on a wire occasionally & dd2 is just now starting to play w/ them. Toys in this house will get lots of use, lol. We do have many toys, but we still have less toys than most. Extremely few electronics. DD1 loves them & I see them as a novelty to be enjoyed when we are somewhere else. Just b/c she likes a toy somewhere does not mean that I have to run out and purchase it. She can still play w/ it and enjoy it at that place.

I just put away even more toys that dd1 is not playing w/, like her Ostheimer animals *sigh* I put a big ole basket full of acorns & caps in her play room & will add a basket of small sea shells & small pinecones. Will add big cones further into the fall/winter. She also has toys, like her big bin of art supplies, that she likes to go thru and look at occasionally. Her fave toy for a while now has been her sticker collection. She really likes little things that she can sort thru and look at, pile up, line up, and organize.
post #24 of 25
This is what we have for DD (6) and DS (4)
  • Basket of silks/dress up items
  • Basket of blocks (unit blocks and tree blocks)
  • Basket of wooden animals/scenery pieces
  • Small basket of wooden peg people
  • Small basket of bean bags
  • Small basket of wooden cars (all made by us except the people mover one)
  • Large stacking rainbow thing
  • Doll house with basket of furniture (the dollhouse may be gone soon. They play with the furniture all the time, but not the house.)
  • Train tracks (also may be gone soon, they don't play with it much)
  • Treasure chest with glass gems, crystals, wooden coins, gold tokens, polished stones, etc. (By far the most played with toy in our house)
  • Tea set
  • Basket of legos (mostly a rainy day toy)
  • 2 puzzles and 3 or 4 games (one of which is a very annoying plastic Whack-A-Mole thing which will be disappearing soon)
  • Each have 2-3 special dolls/stuffed animals

Items that I don't consider toys are books, arts & crafts. and our "nature cabinet" (has baskets of wool, rocks, shells, acorns, etc).

Okay, that looks like alot of stuff. And here I was thinking that our toys were pertty simplified. Compared to most people I guess we are, but I may have to go through things again. Most stuff really is played with on a daily basis though.
post #25 of 25
Guess what my daughter told me last night during her bed time routine? She would like to get rid of some of her toys and her jewelry (mostly beaded things we've made)! Well, how about that. Of course, I said she could. Can't wait to see what this purge brings. Last time it was stuffed animals mostly.
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