My four year old is really into superheroes. He doesn't play so much with his wooden animals, wooden blocks...and other waldorf inspired toys. He has a handful of plastic superhero toys he has collected from other people, and honestly he plays with them creatively and loves it.
Now Christmas is approaching and he wants legos. Up until now I have worked hard to avoid all plastic toys, but I feel bad that he knows he wants certain toys and I keep saying no.
I can keep spending an arm and a leg on more waldorf toys but they aren't playing with them. Except the silk scarves, they love those.
Do any of you make little exceptions for things like legos (or what my son asks for everyday...the bat cave?)
Again, only Waldorf inspired...
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But that is pretty much all we do in plastic, at least partly for safety reasons. Most lego and playmobil are made in Europe.
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As for plastic toys in general, it was my understanding that this aversion to plastic was for younger children who were still developing through tactile experience.
So yeah, plenty of Legos and plastic beach and backyard toys, plastic firetruck, plastic doll, etc.
id say 90% of our toys are wooden/cotton/handmade.... but my 5 yo does like my little ponies (older style), my little pet shops and legos.
we support her playing with anything open ended.
she builds the most amazing things with legos- straight from her imagination...spends hours and hours with them- really- i sit in awe a lot of the time.
i cannot imagine not letting her have legos.
also- most legos are not made in china. you just have to be careful when purchasing to check that.
We're waldorf inspired too.
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we also have plastic tubs and stuff for sand/beach/water and so on. ours are all old yogurt containers of different sizes, but it works.
My mom is danish (where they were invented) and whenever we're over there she buys a new set, and I have no problem with that
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Other than that, we do allow high quality plastic in the sandbox and have a "Toob" of water animals and plastic cups for the tub. I found some nice things over the summer from Muakilo and Moolka in case anyone is looking next year!
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The translucent one's are so pretty. We have a set of 100 and will be getting them another set of 100 this Christmas because they use them so much!
Legos are awesome too, although we don't own any right now because all the pieces would probably be a hazard in our household right now, but I can totally foresee us getting the children some in the future.
I say use your own judgment and allow what you think is open ended and creative, regardless of what it is made of (as long as it is safe).
I try not to get caught up in "doctrine" and focus instead on the enjoyment my son gets out of the toys and the creativity he show with them. Plus, as PP said, lots of his friends get confused by too much wood! Legos bring the kids together (thinking this could be a slogan!)
We, as well, aren't super strict about Waldorf, but we do have legos and vintage little people sets. That's about all the plastic we have though ~ everything else is wood. I also agree that it's more about open ended toys rather than strictly about what they're made from.
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We love legos here. They are the only plastic toys we have (well except American girl dolls)
But if you are worried, Nova Naturals makes wooden "legos"
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We're still in the process of phasing out the plastic and replacing them with wood. We have duplo legos and they will not be going anywhere.
Other than the legos our plastic toys:
-green toys brand play dishes, pot, and frying pan (I'd like wood but the kitchen ate up the budget and the green toys plastic is nice and sturdy)
-beads, paint cups, and other art items
-a doll with a plastic head and limbs (it's being replaced by a waldorf doll for Christmas but is an old favorite so will likely stick around)
-little tykes shopping cart (they have a wooden push wagon but the cart gets so much use that I can't take it away)
-a couple toy story toys from the grandparents
-remote control car
-cash register (I've looked at the wooden ones but they just don't seem nearly as fun plus the kids can work on addition with the electronic one)
I'm totally ok with the plastic toys we have left. They are, except for the toy story ones, open ended and can be played with many ways. I think it's great for kids to have non-plastic toys but if there are a few it's not a big deal, any child with fewer plastic toys is better off.