Originally Posted by momtokay
My girls have too many toys!! We have so much they don't play with anything as much as just pull it all out and throw it around the room. I really, really need to pare down significantly and was looking for help on what would be in your ideal playroom setup for a 18-month old and a 4-year old. What are your Waldorf friendly must haves for this age group? Any suggestions for us?
My grandchildren are pretty close to this age. Some of the things my daughter gives them to play with:
small pots and pans and wooden stirring utensils
cotton play clothes
small cotton receiving blankets
waldorf baby dolls (for the little one), the kind with no legs
wooden cars and trucks
blocks (uneven ones cut from small tree branches are nice)
a few nice board books
the four year old also has a lot of books
three or four cloth dolls that she plays make believe games with
a wooden train set
a basket filled with dress up clothes (this is her major favorite)
It is hard to keep from accumulating too many toys. Grandparents want to give gifts, so do other relatives and it piles up and up.
You could ask for gift certificates or cash for quality natural fiber clothing for the kids instead of toys that they will lose interest in very quickly. My daughter is always trying to find the resources to get the merino wool underwear the little ones wear through the winter. They live in Vermont in a cold house and it is an absolute necessity.
Good luck finding the right stuff and getting rid of the excess.