When it comes to toys…Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight, hit it right on the mark with her wonderful post Nature Play and Stories and More About Tree Blocks. There is nothing like the look and feel of wood toys and toys made from natural fibers or toys made from love.
Julie’s Stuff is one of my favorite places to shop.. (or just press my nose up to the window most days…haha) The wooden toys are great and the baby dolls are so lovely! The baby spent so many hours snuggling her blanket doll and our little 3yo boy wanted his own baby sooo bad last year and we gave him the Gotz boy doll….He is made so well and looks so real! He is a regular member of our household!
When it comes to gift-giving, we would rather one or two meaningful well made things than a whole bunch of STUFF that just takes up space and is not used. STUFF just clutters our lives and gets in the way of real creative play. We only have so much time, so why spend our precious time chained to maintaining all the parts to our STUFF? I would rather place our toys of love on the shelves and back on the beds and get on to playing and loving with the kids!
Folkmanis puppets have been favorites around here for years…the little finger puppets are great gifts for the tiny ones in your life and if you have an animal enthusiast, they have the BEST large puppets…just ask dh…we gave him the large tiger for his birthday one year. It was a consolation present, because you see….he wants a REAL one….sorry, hun! ..but you know something??… I think that tiger really IS REAL!! It has such a great personality, as far as tigers go ;o) They must be made with love as we have spent many wonderful family hours with them!
The children never tire of the wood toys…the wooden trains, the building blocks, tinker toys, Lincoln logs, and our Fortress with the catapult with the "night-night bombs"(large pompoms). They use these toys daily. They SOUND great…they FEEL great…they INSPIRE great play! So many of the other electronic gadgets and such go unused for so long that the kids forget we have them. After a little while with these kind of toys, the kids tire of the toys playing FOR them…they want to exercise CREATIVITY! These toys can be used in so many creative ways… So whether the theme of the day is Robin Hood, Little House and Pioneer living, the Wild West, or Knights in Shining Armor…you cant beat the creative play and the stretchability of these toys to span the ages and engage kids of alllllll ages!