Committed to limiting tv time? Lovely! Not feelin’ all the plastic/electronic/computerized toys out here? Gotcha! Are you a frugal family? Wonderful!!!! People, let’s make what we can. In addition it’s key that we encourage our children to be innovative by creating games/toys with them. The more we just “leave them be” the more we’ll see how innovative they are. Also get in and play with them as often as possible.
Thrift stores often have some sweet goods too. Check ’em out. If you’re shopping for toys why not go for natural and/or handmade goods? Google “eco-friendly toys,” “montessori toys” or “waldorf toys” and you’ll see how much you have to choose from. Try to keep it light though. Fact is children often go through/outgrow toys very quickly. Let’s not overwhelm them. A few quality items is all they need. Here are some suggestions:
– Gardening tools
– Wooden house
– ” Puzzles
– ” Blocks
– Paper dolls. www.paperthinpersonas.com
– Playdough. Make your own.
– Tool kit
– Dirt. No cost. Just go outside.
– Sticks. No cost. Get some from a few trees.
– Bubbles. Just mix laundry detergent & water. Voila!
– Charades. No cost attached. Just show your children how to play. No need for queue cards.
– Needlepoint set ie. http://www.needlepointheaven.com/kids-beginners.html
– Dress-up clothes. Use old clothes from your closet, get some from a friend’s children or a thrift store.
– Fruit/vegetable set
– Pickup sticks
– Colouring pages. No cost. Just download them.
– Old bread (for bird feed)
– Spinning tops
– Loom set ie. http://www.rainbowloom.com
– Rubik’s cube
– Colouring books/crayons.
– Finger paints. Make your own.
– Story/activity books
– Sticker books
– Paper (use scraps)/coloured pencils
– Jewelry making kits
– Skipping ropes (Chinese/double dutch)
– Swing set
The less we have around the more our children will play with what’s in their midst. Declutter every few months by giving toys to orphanages, thrift stores and friends/family.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPRi9u-qSow The benefits of eco-friendly toys. Ignore the 2nd half of the video.
Here are more toys & books: http://www.theroot.com/photos/2014/03/culturally_sensitive_toys_promoting_diversity_during_playtime.html