Monday, December 22, 2014
Simple toys fuel the imagination
Shoppers searching for the must-have children’s gifts of the season might be looking too hard.
Simple often wins in the eyes of little ones.
Over the years, I’ve found that the toys with the most staying power at my house are the ones that were never really toys to begin with. The battery-operated gadgets often get passed over for paper towel tubes, empty containers and laundry baskets.
And it’s not just at my house. Last year, my daughter’s 4-year-old kindergarten class returned from winter break to a classroom cleared of every last toy. The kids were given cardboard boxes of all sizes to play with instead. Imagination and creativity soon took over, and the kids became astronauts in their box-like rocket ship, passengers of a cardboard train and occupants of little houses scattered throughout the room. It was one of the most popular units of the school year.
While I’ve never actually wrapped an empty box for a present, I do try to remember to keep things simple during the gift-giving season.
Here are seven ordinary items that my kids have deemed extraordinary:
By Emily Kittle