Small cloth dolls
Cloth tree house with animals
Wooden "popper" push toy
A few puzzles
Wow...typing that out makes it seem like a lot! Has anyone else done a "radical" toy purge?
I get rid of: plastic crappy stuff, broken things, torn books, puzzles/games with missing pieces, stuffed animals that aren't 'lovies', etc. Keep the legos, playmobil, wood toys, and stuff I actually see them playing with (even if I don't like it much)
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
The sad thing is just months after the purge, my parents visited and gave the kids many plastic toys. I'm sure I mentioned to them I was only trying to have natural material toys, but they just get carried away when it comes to giving to the kids I guess. Also, my in-laws seemingly forgot that we had told them about the no-plastic rule, and we got more plastic toys last Christmas : The hardest thing is how to tell them again without sounding ungreatful!
Anyway, I need to purge again, but I think we'll always have a few plastic toys, and that's fine with me. They'll definately be the ones the kids like the best of course (Lego most certainly stays )
BOOKS (as many as I could get away with)
Go-Bots & other random robot toys (he has a collection of Star Wars droids)
household type stuff (play kitchen, food, vacuum cleaner, broom, etc.)
Wow, it looks like a lot typed out! I don't know WHAT I would do in your position, in such a small space. So, I guess maybe I'm not helping you, but I would love to see what you actually decide to keep. I noticed that there are no art supplies on your list; is that because you don't consider them "toys"? I think all kids should have easy access to markers, paints, crayons, clay, scissors, glue, and different kinds of paper. You can kill an entire afternoon with those supplies!
Homeschooling mom to four kids, ages 18, 18, 10, and 6.
legos (duplos for dd)
dd's favorite stuffed animals
a few baby doll items
Angelina dolls and playset
My Little Ponies and playset
board games (part of homeschooling)
a few stuffed animals
ceramic tea set
a Barbie doll set that she never plays with-- saved it for dd2.
a small box of dress up clothes
2yo has (and these are all hand-me downs from dd1):
Little People Farm
Musical set that they share
two push toys
a doll basket with clothes, etc
a few stuffed animals
a hammer and ball toy
Mr. Potato Head
blocks (they share them)
a toy truck and a toy school bus
Bead threading toy
As 2yo ourgrows the toys I will get rid of them and probably not replace them with nearly as much. She has a shorter attention span than her sister thus the need for more toys.
They both enjoy play cooking with real pots and pans, helping me vacuum, and other real-life play.
I have chosen to not clean thier rooms for a week, and not remind them to. I will take all the toys that are in the toy box still (and thus not played with all week) and get rid of them. There is a new consignment shop that opened nearby, I am going to load up the car and check it out!
Least thats how my girls are.
They like their dolls and clothes
pens pencils crayons and lots of paper
little farm animals and horses from Lemans catalog. Those are their favorites.
card board boxes
and they love playing with all our junk mail.
some stuff animals we have they like to play with also though those things drive me batty.
I have gotten rid of most of their stuffed animals - except for 1 Teddy Bear each that they got for their first birthday, but the Teddies just live on their beds, so it's not a storage issue.
We also have:
A small bookcase half full of books, books-on-tape, and a "boom box".
A large wicker basket full of board games (which get regular use in the winter)
A matching small wicker basket (that lives on the bookcase) with "activities":
"strings" for the String Games book (Cat's Cradle, et cetera),
deck of cards in a special wooden box from Poland
My youngest son's lidded basket of marbles, "marble scrum" men, and the "marble game" rug (which also serves as the area rug in my front room )
My daughter's art table (with a wooden apple box full of art supplies underneath)
My eldest son's MAGS (in a wooden storage box)
My daughter's baby doll, doll cradle, dolly push-chair, and small basket of doll clothes
My daughter's ceramic tea set
Various, sundry, and MULTIPLE dress-up clothes that are currently homeless and roaming (Any ideas on how to store them?)
A 10(?) gallon Rubbermaid tote full of Legos that NO ONE plays with, but I can't find anyone who wants to give them a new home.
My biggest problem is Playmobil. I love Playmobil because it can go out of doors, in the bathtub, et cetera. But at our house, the Playmobil is taking over. We have the remote control train (which has a footlocker to live in), some random vehicles, and LOADS of animals and people. I'm considering filling all the seats in the train with people, relegating the animals to the bathtub, and getting rid of the rest. WWYD?
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2 rolling carts with 8 bins. Each has a theme, puzzles, dressup/fantasy, wood toys, trains, legos, music, balls, plastic toys.
Milk crate of books
small plastic trash can with stuffed animals
coffee can filled with dry pasta
a couple games
wooden shape game
She also has art supplies in a bin in another room, a rocking horse, and a few dolls.
My ds's toys are out of control. Last year I decided not to feel guilty anymore about toys that were given to us that he doesn't play with. I had such a hard time with that at first! That and my ds remembers every single toy he owns. My plan is to purge a bunch of toys before the baby comes (nesting is kicking in) and store them in the garage, hidden from view, of course. If after a month there's no mention of them, then they will be donated or freecycled. This way if there's something he says he "can't find" I can "find" it and let the rest disappear into someone else's home!
I am sure you will have no problem getting rid of your legos. You could sell them (Ebay, consignment or on the Trading Post here), or if someone you know would appreicate a gently used gift, give them as a gift. We had no problems at all getting rid of our outgrown legos (just got rid of the Duplos).
Dress up clothes; DD has a drawer dedicated to hers. Whatever does not fit into the drawer dissapears. it was pretty easy to get them all to fit... i just got rid of all the cheap-o disney stuff, and now there is room for all her fancy skirts and "super hero capes" (scarves) and a pocket book full of accessories
Lisa, you are not mean! I do the same thing
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