Minimal Toys

Wooden blocks have been wonderful
with a couple wooden cars and plain
wooden people. 

16 years worth of parenting and we have gone through a ridiculous amount of toys.

All those wonderful educational toys… that never got played with.

We had birthday gatherings and all the family members would bring incredible new toys for the kids to enjoy.

The kid’s room began to overflow.

I was overwhelmed with trying to keep everything organized. The kids just seemed to spread them out all over the house, but never play with them.

I gritted my teeth and started donating some of them. I felt guilty giving away all these wonderful toys, but the kids didn’t care!
The more I got rid of, the more they began to play!

They developed favorite toys, that they would pick up and play with for hours each day.

We have narrowed it down to a few rules:

  1. Minimal
  2. Minimal
  3. Minimal

The kids are happier now- they aren’t overwhelmed with toys everywhere. And they use their imagination all the time! It’s wonderful!

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About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m the Joyful Space Specialist. it’s my desire help others create a joyful space of their own and enjoy their time spent at home.


  1. Rozy Lass on 08/25/2012 at 5:16 PM

    You are so right! We have 1 girl and 4 boys. Noble liked to read so she was happy with books; the boys grew up on Duplos and Legos which in my opinion are the best toys. In addition we had a playground tower/slide/swing combo in the yard, dress-up costume box, and they were allowed to use anything from the recycle bins that they wanted to create with. Our children are now ages 23 – 14 and all are bright, creative and great problem solvers. Our rules were the toys had to encourage creativity, be able to be used in a multitude of ways, and not require batteries. Sounds like you are on the right path.

  2. Jeannie on 11/29/2012 at 5:20 AM

    I am slowly but surely attempting this, I quit buying toys. Getting both my kids one of those coloring and chalk boards for Christmas this year, hoping to promote creativity. I have just come to realize the more toys we buy, the more disappointed we get. It seems they never play with anything but blocks. And like you, NONE of the great learning games and such interest my son. Wasted money!! Thanks for the post you have re-inspired me!

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