Spring is in the air...Well, not technically but I feel like March is the light at the end of the tunnel. I can see glimmers of spring, robin's chipping in my back yard, the sun setting AFTER dinner time and a general feeling that the time to hibernate is coming to a close. I always feel like this is a good time of the year to clean house. I am talking about going through all the toys, clothes and gear and getting rid of what we no longer need! Do you get this itch too? If you do, I urge you to include an evaluation of your toy collection (don't worry I will teach you how to do this!)
If you have been following along with me on social media you will know I like toys that are open ended, gender neutral, non-commercialized and relationship focused. Of course not all of our toys follow these ideals but this is what I strive for. The other thing I strive for in my toy collection is a variety of toys in each domain of play.
Play is actually quite complex and as you know the "work" of childhood. If we want our children to develop all aspects of their personality it is best to give them a variety of high quality tools to do so. Each category of play is important for optimal development and necessary for boys and girls. Try not to think about a certain type of play as being "boy toys" or "girl activities"and let your child decide what they like for themselves.
The infographic below highlights 10 different types of play. Do you have toys in your home that will help your child develop in ALL these areas? Do you need help determining what toys will help your child explore make believe play for example? Let me know how I can help.
Give your toy collection a spring check-up and help expose your children to a variety of play opportunities!