Imagination

I love the imagination of children.  We think we have to buy them all these toys.  I mean, they have to have a toy cow and horse and pig and chicken and donkey and goat and dog and duck and rooster or how can they play farm?  And then they don’t play with them and they make their own toys which are so primitive yet they love them.

This is Pumpkin 1’s “Camel”.

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Actually it’s a mommy and baby camel with the gas pump cord being a “leash” (she was “walking” her Camel with the leash before).  She was very proud of her camel.  More proud than of any toy we have because this is something she made herself.

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Give your children the gift of imagination and pride for their creations by not overwhelming them with toys.  Just a few simple, open ended toys, especially some building toys and you’ll be surprised at how entertained they are.  Less is more.  If your children are bored the best thing you can do is instead of more toys, take away toys.  Boredom is the seed of imagination and imagination is the roots of creating.

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What Motherhood Really Looks Like – Wordless Wednesday (with a few words)

What is going on in these photos?  Every mom with more than one kid will know this one –

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fighting over my lap!  They both want to sit on it but neither wants the other on there too.

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There was a happy ending though.  They both sat on my lap and I read them a story.

Magnetic Sensory Bin

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This is easy to put together and a great way to explore magnetism (please note that this bin is for children who do not put things in their mouth.  Magnets can be very dangerous if swallowed.  If you want to put a bin together for a younger child, make sure you use materials that they can’t choke on or swallow).  What you need is a large magnet and a variety of magnetic and non-magnetic materials.  The child can then sort them into magnetic and non-magnetic.  I learned something too, not all metal is magnetic.  Pumpkin 1 was more interested in the magnetic balls that came with the magnet.  She pretended they were a snake and when she discovered that by putting the magnet near the snake it’d move, she thought that was great.  My daycare child was more into the sorting between types of materials and then she thought it was fun how the magnet would pick up all the paperclips.  They did fight over the magnet and I thought of purchasing another one.  But I decided not to.  It’s important for children to learn to share and co-operate and having one for everyone takes away from learning that skill.  Also, I’m trying to be more minimalist in our toys and having one for everyone defeats this purpose.  I’m hoping, when I’m done all my other books I’m reading to pick up this one:

Too Many Toys?

“A smaller, more manageable quantity of toys invites deeper play and engagement. An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelming.” Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne