The toys in our home should enrich our children’s learning and development by allowing them to explore, imagine and be themselves. Quality is more important than quantity and simple toys allow more freedom of play than complex toys (think battery operated). Our toys should also reflect the interests our children which is often shaped by their nature (yes! I am totally for “gender stereotyped toys” like pretty dolls and big trucks).
Over the last two years I’ve taken note of what Monkey likes and what he isn’t interested in (which we’ve happily given away). Here are some of the toys he’s liked over the last year:
- Mega blocks
- Sorting and Stacking toys (e.g. stacking cups)
- Board books
- Wooden Puzzles
- Cars, trucks and trains (wooden or non-electric)
- Ride on car (non-electric)