This looks like a fun workshop. We are holding strong here in the battle against commercial and toxic toys. Our biggest issue is the affordability of the toys, games and art supplies we would like to buy for our children. The economy has really taken its toll on our family and we haven't been able to buy much for our children this year.
|What is your families favorite toy that they have received in past years. Why was this such a good toy.
I have to first put in a few votes for our favorite "board" games
that have been played with weekly, if not daily, for years:
1. Corso Cannelloni
2. Geo Primo
5. Animal Yatzee (Tier Yatzee)
6. The Snowman Game (Schneemann)
We really wish we could add to the list with equally fun and beautiful games for our children who are begging for a bit more challenge. We are not keen on games of sabotage. We have tried some cooperative games like Harvest Time, but since they are not as beautiful, they have not become popular mainstays. We did get the following game, which is less beautiful and creative, but quite fun; you can play in a sabotaging way, but it's not essential:
As far as staple toys
, I highly recommend
1. play silks
2. musical instruments (definitely NOT the Melissa and Doug ones ~ a friend gave my dd a set and they don't even make music ~ truly horrible)
3. play kitchen and play food (we have discovered that we can make our own beautiful foods with felt ~ so much fun)
4. wooden blocks (we love the Haba and Selecta blocks)
5. wooden trains (this by far get the most play time by our girls ~ we have a Haba set)
6. puppets and stuffed animals
7. baby dolls.
Our children spend a lot of time doing art
. We haven't been able to buy some of the supplies
I would like bests, but we do fine with
1. copy paper
2. colored copy paper
3. construction paper
4. easel paper
5. scissors (including the starter scissors that open by themselves - those were so great when when our children were just starting)
6. glue sticks and school glue
7. clay, modeling wax and dough
8. felt, fabric, etc.
9. children's needle and thread
10. stamps and ink pads
11. beads and beadwork
12. paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, pencils & erasers.
We did venture into plastic
for the following great toys:
2. Step 2's Up and Down Coaster
4. Step 2's Big Slide.
6. the 1972 version of Little People (we don't like the modern ones, and reusing quality old toys is just a great thing to do anyways)
For gross motor
2. roller skates
4. balance beam
5. doorway swing and trapeze
6. kids' rakes and snow shovels
7. sled and ice skates.
They have also really enjoyed building bird houses and bird feeders, growing plants, cooking real food, reading books and magazines and writing.
I'm not sure if that is specific enough to answer your question. I can come back and add brands if necessary.