As much as I have tried to minimise the number of presents we give to the children at Christmas time and as much as Grandparents have tried to do the same, I am starkly aware that there will be a good number of new toys entering the children's little playspace in no time at all.
In preparation for the incoming excitement and in honour of the giving spirit, Saint Nicholas, on the 6th of December North and I went through the playroom and carefully placed a great number of our preloved toys into a bag to give away to charity. As I suspected, North was actually quite good about giving up his things- because no matter how hard we try to keep things minimal, he still has more toys than he knows what to do with. In the bag went an assortment of matchbox cars, trains, stuffed animals, games, puzzles and anything else which I didn't think would be suitable to save for Indigo.
We are now left with a beautifully clear space with only a few play things, many open-ended toys and a lot of room for imaginative and imitative play.
In my opinion it is better to have a few special and open-ended toys that they play with frequently than a whole lot of toys that are rarely played with and become nothing but clutter to the eye and the environment.
Are you preparing your child's space for the arrival of new things? How do you keep things, neat, inspiring, manageable and enticing for your little ones?