Not like I am, writing about it on my computer in utter middle-class suburban bliss while surrounded by a houseful of things I am still trying to tame. And odds are, not like you are either.
Instead, imagine you are a mum who does not buy a toy for her kid "just because" ... ever! You value money, space, time, imagination... you name it... too much for that. Your friends and family also know this, so they don't give toys "just because" either.
Think about the tabula rasa (clean slate) method. You have no toys left in the house. (Wow - huge sigh of relief from the person who organises the toyroom!)
Now pick 10 toys to entertain your children. We'll make it easier: a set can be a toy and a game can be a toy. If a toy has parts that get used up, you can replace them. As toys are outgrown, you can replace them.
My Top 10 Toys
- Stacking blocks
- Playdough and accessories
- Chalkboard and chalk
- Train set
- Soft toy (animal or whatever)
- Musical instrument
- Dress up costume
My kids would be richer for the experience of using only these. They would need to:
What would be on your list? I guarantee you'll learn something if you make one!