We have so many toys. So so many.
Izzy and Chloe have 10 older cousins and they gets lots of toys and games passed on – this is great of course. It saves us an absolute fortune and they love them.
But my house well… It’s overtaken. I think I just have to accept that until they are ..teens possibly..that every room has the potential to be a lego foot injury.
Izzy has her favourite toys such as her horses, cars and dolls house. Chloe has her favourites such as her Fisher Price toys which have been passed on from Izzy now that she is a big girl. They have both had hours of fun putting things in and out of the cookie bowl shape sorter and making pretend calls on the chatter phone.
It’s Izzys birthday next week and amongst other things I’ve had my eye on this Fisher Price pirate ship that I found on the Tesco website. Izzy loves pirates and boats and toys which have previously been seen as typical boy toys – I’m so glad that gender specific play seems to be disappearing slowly. It’s now not so shocking to see a boy play with a doll or a girl play with a tractor. Yay.
Although she would be equally happy with the princess castle I’m sure. Because boy toys or not the girl loves pink. We haven’t encouraged or discouraged it but it’s her favourite colour by far at the moment.
We try not to spoil the girls too much. As much as we love to treat them I just don’t think it’s a great idea to constantly be buying them the latest fad. So typically for Christmas and birthdays we buy one toy type present for Izzy ( around the £20-30 mark) and she will also get something she needs ( clothes normally) and something we like her to have ( books or learning materials) – this is something we hope to continue with Chloe. I guess it’s easy for us to not feel the need to buy much when she gets so much passed on from family anyway.
My lounge may no longer be a calm and serene room and yes I may find the odd toy under my duvet at night BUT I’m learning to embrace the clutter. After all in 10 years time when my children are sat in a world of their own with headphones on, latest gadget in hand I will be wishing that they would ask me to put the pink shoes on the horsey just one more time.
Does your house feel like a toy shop? What are/have been your children’s favourite toys?
* this a collaborative post.