It is simply delightful to see what kids come
up with when you give them a box of assorted
emerged out of the identically shaped
and sized pieces. Turrets and fences,
moats and balconies were constructed.
Arguments over who had more blocks
ensued until the oldest said, “Ummm,
we’re arguing over blocks.”
4. How easy is this toy to store?
Many of us have limited space to store
things, and as we began to add school
items we realized how quickly that storage space was being eaten up! For several years, our entire kindergarten curriculum and related supplies were stored
in a Rubbermaid box under the crib. I
know many of you can relate to the need
for creativity in regard to storage.
Despite our love for blocks, my husband has banned toys that come in sets
of a bazillion. Seriously. Do we really
need a box of one thousand tiny plastic
beads? Inevitably those beads end up in
our vacuum, and it doesn’t take many
to clog it. No fun. So for our family,
toys that come in sets of a lot of pieces
are passed by, and I think our ban has
brought us a measure of peace.
If you’re okay with a toy or toys mak-
ing their home in your living room, then
Several times a day I stop and make
somebody pick up something. Your tol-
erance level might be higher than mine,
and in this I’ll defer to Shakespeare: “To
thine own self be true.” If you want your
kids to pick up, don’t thwart their abil-
ity to do so by purchasing toys that are
a pain in the neck to gather and put in
their proper places.
Kendra Fletcher is the homeschooling
mother of eight, aged 18 down to 3.;She
has never known what it means to homeschool without the presence of preschoolers
and loves to encourage other moms who
are beginning their homeschool journeys
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Despite our love for
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no need to worry about storage. We have
some toys like that. ;e ones that are
played with daily are stored in the corner of the family room and that’s the way
we like it. But if storage space is at a premium at your house and leaving toys out
is not an option, you might want to consider whether or not you have a place for
that toy—before you bring it home.
5. How easy is this toy to pick up?
I’m all about peace, and I’ll tell you right
now that clutter brings me no peace.