We have WAAAYYYY too many toys at our house, and I want to get rid of some, but which are worth keeping? I decided to do some research. Of course I am always thinking about safety, but my focus here is on the educational value of the toys.
I am going to sort toys and keep the ones that:
- can be used in a variety of ways.
- encourages cooperation (NOT aggression or violence)
- activate the imagination
- encourage role play
- increase fine/large motor skills
- increase shape recognition
- require sorting
At our house, this means we will be keeping the tractors, animal figurines, puzzles, blocks, riding toys, balls, magnadoodle, crayons, kitchen toys and construction set.