CLUTTER, KIDS AND THE TYPES OF TOYS I DON’T DECLUTTER
Decluttering the toys as part of a simpler life is one of the best things I ever did for both myself and my kids. Yet, how do you know which toys to keep and which to get rid of? In this post I explain a bit more about clutter, kids and the types of toys I don’t declutter.
WHY DECLUTTER THE TOYS?
Toys are one of the things that drove me crazy before I decluttered our home. They would somehow find their way into every room and I’d be forever moving and tidying them, picking them up or stepping over them.
When I decluttered the toys, I thought my children would complain and ask me where they all went. But they didn’t…
It turned out to be one of the best things I ever did!
- There were fewer toys, which meant less tidying, less picking up and less clearing away.
- Less stress and more time for me to do other things.
But is wasn’t just me that ended up benefiting. The best part of it all was that my children benefited too, in ways that I hadn’t even anticipated. Read more about the benefits of decluttering the toys here.
THE TYPES OF TOYS I LIKE TO KEEP
When it comes to choosing which toys to keep, I would suggest keeping those toys that foster creative play. They can be used in a variety of ways and places with a bit of imagination and role play. I tend to get rid of the ones that have bright lights and make lots of noise and do all the play for your kids. I want my kids to do the playing instead!
To help you understand what I’m talking about, the following list gives you some ideas of the types of toys I like to keep around. Where I can’t find the exact same as we’ve got here at home, I’ve found a similar example so you can see what I’m talking about. Just click on the links for further information.
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Lego and Duplo
My kids love building Lego (and Duplo) but I personally find the newer sets aren’t as flexible as the old, classic, ones. They definitely look appealing to children but the individual components tend to be more moulded and specific to the particular box set and it’s difficult to re-use them in other projects. This is why I tend to choose the classic Lego sets as I find them more flexible.
Choose blocks that are small and light enough for little hands to encourage co-ordination and early learning in a most traditionally fun way. You can build with them and count with them in a variety of imaginative ways!
Mini-figures and animals have come with us everywhere over the years. My youngest one brings them out on dog walks, to the shops, everywhere. I find them in her school bag, in her pockets and under her pillow! Great for role-play in lots of different situations.
Art and Craft Supplies
My girls particularly love doing art and craft projects. It’s easy to accumulate loads of art and craft supplies from random places but here are some complete sets. We try to use up everything before we buy new but it beats watching TV so I’m happy to buy creative stuff whenever we need it.
The UK weather can be a bit unpredictable but I try to get my kids outside as much as possible. We have a few outdoor play things which have been our favourites over the years and can be adapted to different ages and stages. Here are a selection.
We love playing board games as a family. Here are our top 3 favourites. The adult version of Monopoly was just too complicated and we gave up playing it, even though us adults really get into it. Since finding the children’s version, it’s been much easier! You can’t beat a game of snakes and ladders and ludo, even though they’ve been around for ages, they’re still great games. The junior scrabble is a good educational game and the kids learn their letters without even realising it!
I love books and I encourage my kids to read as much as possible. They have quite full bookshelves in their bedroom, but we have a regular sort through of them so the girls get to choose which they want to keep and which they’ve grown out of regularly. We go to the library a lot but here are three collections from our favourite authors who we keep going back to.
Other toys I like to encourage my kids to play with
Here are some other toys which my kids love to play with (or very similar examples where I can’t find the exact thing still available).
With just a few accessories for each and a bit of imagination and innovation, your kids will be able to play for ages with just these.
I’ll add to this list as I come up with new ideas. If you have any suggestions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I’d love to hear from you and share some of your suggestions.in