A wise woman once wrote about carefully questioning the toys you bring into your home by asking, "Is it beautiful? Do the tools and toys around you evoke a feeling of beauty? By choosing carefully what toys you bring into your home, you can encourage a love and appreciation for good design and craftmanship. Choosing to surround ourselves with beautiful design can be a great source of inspiration.... Is it simple? Think about selecting toys that can be used in a multitude of ways and that evoke imagination and creative expression. "
North uses thrifted dessert spoons and forks, glasses, plates and bowls for his meals.
Almost all of our toys are thrifted and handmade- wooden blocks and animals, and old matchbox cars and trucks.
North's little kitchen contains thrifted stainless steel cups and bowls, wooden spoons and wood food.
We have a nature table with handmade gnomes, felted pod babies and this weeks freshly picked flora.
He has a basket filled with colourful paper scraps and an array of beeswax crayons to choose from. Even his playdough is a beautiful off-white- why bother with colouring when the colour of the flour is so pleasing?
In North's world pancakes are made from seashells and are baked in the oven; princesses ride diggers; pasta is served at tea parties; knights work in car garages and rhinos play hide and seek with pigs. Simple toys foster creativity, joy, adventure and endless possibilities.