I want to share something with you.
I know you didn’t really ask, but maybe someone needs
to hear (see) what I have to say.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
I do my best to adhere to this principle with all of my possessions. But I don’t always do a good job – especially when it comes to my kids, because I think parents are always trying to keep well-stocked for all the what-ifs of life. Still, I try.
the other principle I like to stick to is
if I can’t easily figure out where it came from or how it was made or it just doesn’t even resemble its natural state of being, I probably don’t want it in my house.
I want my kids to be able to decipher where their toys came from. Not because when they turn it over, ‘Made in China‘ is imprinted upon it –
I want them to see it.
You know? I want them to see it and feel it and imagine it. And I want them to appreciate the art of it and the person who brought that toy to life.
Sometimes I let things fall through the cracks. But right now, we’re doing all right. I’ve done a particularly large amount of purging in the last few weeks, and this is what we are left with:
(Oh, and I know you’ll be a dear and forgive me for the awful photo quality!)
Pots and pans for cooking delicious wooden meals
Playsilks for colorful silky fun
Blocks for building houses and knocking them down as loudly as possible
A big wooden train, a big wooden plane, and a big wooden truck for driving through the house and into the kitchen and beneath my feet while I’m trying to cook dinner
A glockenspiel for making sweet music
A pocket-sized doll
A little broom and a tiny dustpan and brush and a sweet small apron for getting the job done
Whimsical books and educational books and silly books and more books
And a few sneaky stragglers that will probably be phased out eventually, except that they’re too dear to a certain little boy to tear them away quite yet – some BPA-free plastic animals and some little plastic-and-metal vehicles.
It’s not a lot, but it’s plenty.
(And there are a few things sitting in the closet for when the boys need a bit of change. Kind of like shopping from our own toy store.)
You know, useful. Beautiful. And it’s mostly obvious where the majority of it came from.
Which is good.
It’s not always easy to resist buying all those interesting bright sing-songy musical super-educational cheaply-priced toys
it’s worth it. Especially because buying the natural, the mostly unchanged, and the beautiful usually means one of these:
or at least domestic or, if not, fairly traded
And all of that is really, really good, too.
Some of my favorite places to find these happy toys:
Nova Natural Toys & Crafts
PS – I wasn’t paid or given anythingatall to post the links to those sites. I just love them and I like to share the love. Go there and love them yourself. ❤