Fia Friday: Playing Without Tons of Toys

These last two weeks I’ve gotten on a roll. I’ve been ranting against the toy overload, participation awards, excessive snacking….

So in light of all that, I thought I would publish a couple of pictures of my kids playing. Mostly without toys. Or just a few. I don’t want my kids to live in a world with no toys, but I do want to shield them from the extreme consumerism of America. If I can. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate and cherish gifts from the grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. It’s a fine line to walk, but I am convinced it can be done.

Here, Fia was playing with twins Maci and Cruz. They counted all the grapefruit from our tree both in English and Spanish. Then played a bowling game. They did this for over an hour.

Yes, Emmett is at the water table, which is a toy, but notice there aren’t a million things floating in it? He likes to just have a few….even a grapefruit counts. When he gets tired of one floating toy, I replace it with another.

This trampoline was a gift from the grandparents. There isn’t a day that goes by where they don’t jump on it.

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  1. by Andrea

    On March 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

    A few years ago when I was a subsitute teacher for a fourth grade class, I was amazed to discover that students could not play at recess without some sort of object to entertain them. I remember the days of using imagination and playing games that required no object. I sometimes wonder if we are doing a disservice to the next generation by providing them with everything…