If your home is anything like mine, it is full of toys... toys that were gifts from family and friends, toys that were specifically chosen for our son, toys that were hand-me-downs that are treasured, and a few toys that were bought on a whim. Play is so important, but it is my opinion that in order for children to benefit the most from play, they need to have access to materials that are developmentally appropriate. Toys that allow for open-ended exploration, that allow and encourage creativity, that are not "scripted". Those toys/materials should be kept in an organized fashion so that as your child is inspired they are able to find what they are looking for.
Dear friends gave us an entire stash of puppets and a puppet stage! Jackpot! We had the puppets in a low basket on the floor so that our son could choose the puppets as he wanted- he is quite the little drama guy! It didn't take long to realize how overwhelming the basket was, and he quickly lost interest.
We took out most of the puppets and selected three puppets to place in the basket. He is now able to see what puppets are available, and his imagination was again ignited. The other puppets are in storage and will be rotated through once he is no longer using these puppets. We know to involve him in the process of selection!
It seems so simple, but it can be overwhelming and difficult. I am a storyteller- each toy or book for our son has a story, and there is an emotional connection/attachment to each item. The work of paring down is not for the faint of heart- but upon reflecting what values I want my son to grow up with-- I don't want him attached to "stuff"-- because that is what it is. Stuff that we love, and stuff that reminds us of people we love, but it is still just stuff. I don't want him to feel like happiness comes from amassing quantities of stuff, or that the stuff is more important than relationships and experiences.
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Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.