How Important Are Toys?
In an interview with Mother Magazine, Amelia Fullarton, a photographer and mother of two, said something that I’ve been mulling over in my head ::
I find my girls aren’t huge into toys. Arlo will choose arts and crafts over anything most days, so she has two big drawers full of paints and pencils that we usually have out on the table. Aggy is always in her own head, just walking around the house. She’ll play with a paper cup for 30 minutes before getting bored. Her independence and imagination makes it easy when it comes to toys.
At first, I was kind of surprised/shocked by her statement. Kids not into toys??? What kind of a kid doesn’t love toys? But the more I thought about it, the more I started to think that maybe her children weren’t the only ones. If I were to make a list of the top five things that Valentine spends the most time on, it would be crafts, being outside, books, stuffed animals and dress-up clothes. Few of those would be labeled a “toy.”
It reminded me of this excellent blog post about how to inspire kids to play on their own. In it, one mother writes about setting up “stations” around the house for her kids to discover—a flashlight on the couch, a roll of aluminum foil in the corner, a notebook and markers on the table. She said that these stations are more accessible for her kids than a basket full of random toys.
What do you think? What are the things that occupy your children’s time the most? Do they enjoy toys? If so, what kinds? I’m so interested to know the true value of toys! Ha!
(Photo via Mother Magazine)