My grandparent's have a wonderful 'toy bag' that they have kept for visiting children. It has entertained many many children of all ages .. and yet it is filled with things you might not recognise as toys. An old set of keys. A wallet filled with out dated money and cards. An old cell phone. Old ties. Old scarves. Some shells. A pair of goggles. Some ends of wool.
I looked at it today, watching my two children deeply absorbed in play with these 'toys'. I realised that, despite my best intentions, we have far too many toys.
Fortunately, we don't have a lot of junk toys ... being a 'Steiner' family our friends and relatives have been pretty respectful about not buying us $2 shop plastic junk. But even in the realm of 'quality toys' we have too many.
I have enjoyed challenging myself to think 'what would I take the in RV' (this is my fantasy alternative life where we follow the example of the Happy Janssens and live in a bus!). When it comes to toys, I think for my children the list would be:
- some lengths of rope that can be tied around trees to create swings and climbing frames
- some plain wooden blocks
- some small blankets (crocheted by Nana) and playsilks
- a doll
- a couple of small wooden cars
- some beeswax crayons and paper
- some stacking boxes
- balls - a cloth one for inside and a plastic one for outside
- a few favourite books
And that would be it!
Nature would provide the rest, twigs, leaves, shells, rocks ... stuff that can come and go. Also, the recycling bin is always a good source of play materials ... yoghurt pottles, milk lids etc.
So tell me (if any one is still reading this!!!) what would you take in your 'RV toybox'?
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