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Hi mamas<br><br>
We don't homeschool per se, but I do prefer to offer my children *more* at home to go along with school learning. My 5.5 yr old is in SK, and I am a sahm so I have been there every step offering natural learning as well..........<br><br>
Where do some of you get the good wooden toys, etc without paying too much? I found one at a garage sale this weekend...........bought some, considering a local reuse centre that has old stuff..........we do the walks with pinecones and all that fun stuff...............<br><br><br>
Any new ideas to add and throw my way? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My girls LOVE their scarves. Old scarves of mine (I once had a whole scarf wardrobe) of many fabrics, patterns, shapes and sizes. They get fashioned into:<br>
dress up clothes (saris, aprons, obis...)<br>
doll blankets and slings<br>
hammocks for dolls/stuffed animals<br>
leashes for stuffed animals<br>
tents (clipped to dining chairs)<br>
hobo bags full of small toys<br>
picnic blankets and table cloths for tea parties<br>
bridges over the hot lava that apparently runs through our hallway<br>
I'm sure I'm forgetting many other wonderful uses<br><br>
Since you garage sale, maybe you could build a collection inexpensively.
 

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Melissa and Doug makes good inexpensive toys. They aren't as high quality and I don't know about how they are made but they are affordable (around $10-$20) and widely available.<br><br>
we get most of our cool toys at a local Learning Express toystore. we also get a lot ot second hand stores. also I don't limit our toy selection to what the "in" catalouges say is good. our dress up clothes stash was just oversized gaudy dresses and shoes. nothing fancy or silk or all the versitle but more beautiful fancy clothes you have never seen :LOL we scored full box of 80s formal wear from the thrift store the other day for free. they were thrilled that we would take them and we were thrilled they would let us. We also aren't opposed ot making stuff. a good play house, a good costume those things can go a long long way.
 

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Thanks for the ideas.<br><br>
We have a huge dress up chest with thrift stores steals (LOL) and I plan to update that soon. DD loves imagination play...her fave things are animals and figurines.........so she does alot of that....and we have tonnes of figurines from dollar stores.<br><br>
I am slowly weeding out the *in* stuff given as gifts etc that don't even get played with much.........especially now with baby daughter who loves big sis and what she does........and is into wooden blocks etc ...I am getting rid of loads of stuff and replacing with more natural-geared stuff.<br><br>
I love the ideas thank you mamas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I've gotten many of our cool toys off the MDC TP. Also, my dd gets a kick out of wearing my old clothes as dress ups.
 

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I rarely buy toys for the kids, but when I do I usually buy educational things from teachers' catalogs. I like Teacher's Discount best.<br><br>
Namaste!
 

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I get most of mine from NFB. I became a sales consultant so I can get 20% off my purchases. They have HABA toys, so I've gotten DS some of their games.
 
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