What Types of Toys Do My Children Keep?
The toys my children currently have – which encourage creativity, independent play and imagination.
For the past few weeks, I have been tidying up my children’s belongings, especially their toys. As I have been doing it, it has become overwhelming for me to tidy up. Despite having homes for the toys, I noticed that the children were feeling overwhelmed too, due to the large amount of toys they had. I started to see that they were trashing the toys, they weren’t handling the toys with care anymore and they didn’t bother to put them away. So, I started with the decluttering session with the children by going through their toys and facilitating the process of letting go of their toys. As I was helping them to reduce the amount of toys, I realized that their toys could be categorized into groups. Once the toys were categorized, it was easier to manage, because we could decide on what to keep and where to keep it. I also realized that toys minimalism was what I aimed for during the categorizing and decluttering process because I wanted the toys maintenance of storing, organizing, tidying and cleaning were minimized too.
Here are my observations on the characteristics of their toys and how I categorized them, which helped us make better decisions on keeping them:
1. Things that encourage constructive play
- Mega blocks
- Wooden blocks
- Magnetic building blocks
- Tree blocks
- Star connectors
2. Things that encourage sensory play
- Sensory tub
- Rocks / stones / pebbles
- Artificial grass
- Dry pasta
3. Things that encourage creative play
- Musical instruments, preferably wooden types
- Art and craft supplies
4. Things that encourage imaginative play
- Soft toys
- Characters (people, wild animals, sea animals, farm animals, insects)
- Cloth (Silk, scarves, small blankets)
- Vehicles (cars, trucks, trains)
- Play pretend sets (doctor set, kitchen set)
5. Things that encourage motor skills
- Round items (different sizes of balls, marbles, hula hoops)
- Outdoor items (trampoline, slides, inflatable pool, bicycle, scooter, roller skates)
6. Things that encourage creative learning
- Montessori apparatus
- Board games
After going through the categorizing, the speed of deciding, decluttering, tidying, organizing and cleaning was faster than before. And the toys that we are keeping now, we make sure that they are age appropriate. Whatever toys they have outgrown, these are the toys that will be let go. Also, I prefer to keep the toys that are made of natural materials e.g. wood and rattan. For plastic toys, I try to minimize them as much as I can.
Despite the fact I wished to have minimalistic toys for the children, it is harder to do so because we are homeschoolers. Frankly speaking, my house is like a mini kindergarten. If my children were at school, a lot of things which the school provides, I wouldn’t need at home. But due to the fact they stay at home, I need to provide an environment that stimulates their interests and learning.
So far, this is the best I can come up with and I’m happy to move along with it.
Hi! I’m Josephine Yap and I’m a clutter liberation expert, a wife, a daughter, a homemaker, and a mom to my active triplet boys. I’m super passionate about decluttering. My wish is to share my decluttering journey so that everyone get inspired to reduce the clutter, make their life at home easier, and enjoy the comfort of their space at home with the people their love.