I’m over it. I’m not going to mention brand names but I am not a fan of the toys or art and craft supplies that turn our house from the show home it can be into something resembling the scene you see after a cyclone or tornado has passed through town. It is mostly those non-toxic modelling clays that I have the major problem with, but there are plenty of other things I don’t care for.
I am over those toys that have parts. Maybe not Lego, I could never turn my back on Lego, as we’ve only recently acquired Lego sets and I am using stand-over tactics to make sure that our older child is packing ALL the parts away every single time he plays with them. And hopefully he will become as anal retentive as I was with my Lego carrying out a daily “stock take” to make sure there were no missing parts.
But we have plenty of other toys, games and puzzles that I have to make sure have their parts packed away after the kids have finished with them. Both our boys are very blasé about putting things away and it doesn’t really help that their mother shares this attitude.
So here we are with ten weeks to go before our eldest turns five and 120 days until Christmas and I am already worried about what toys they will get that to me are nothing more than more mess for me to clean up.
We have a few couples we know that are due to have first, second and third babies and as a result I decided to collect up all the toys that are aimed at newborns through to 18 months and put them in a tub. I also started a second tub that has toys that are still within the age bracket of the younger one to play with but that have been neglected and not played with for a while; those toys that seem to be tossed aside while looking for
cooler noisier things to play with.
And then there was tub number three. I’m going to call this one The Tub of Lost Souls. In this tub I put parts of the electronic oven and stove that was bought for child number one when he showed signs of wanting to be like Daddy in the kitchen. The stove has been sitting idle in his bedroom for well over a year occasionally being “played with” by means of his little brother opening the oven door and sticking something like a Matchbox car or some other random toy in it. The oven hasn’t been played with as an oven for as long as I can remember.
This tub has the lid of the shape sorter that is missing its shapes. I am sure I have seen the little one walking around with one recently but God knows where he dropped that. Maybe the shapes were part of those toys that went viral around our house recently. This tub also has other shapes that belong to some other sorter that has gone missing. This tub is now the holding cell for Happy Meal toys that have lost hats or other accessories, or toy hats that have lost the person or creature they once lived on. They went in the tub because they deserve to be held in some sort of Purgatory, a place that is not quite Toy Heaven, but they are still safe from Toy Hell.
I am really looking forward to when the boys are old enough to care about their toys. I am looking forward to them having friends with the same taste in toys and therefore keeping their toys in tip top shape so as to be able to have some friendly competition when it comes to who has what toy, and who has the complete set. I was jealous of those friends who had all 92 Star Wars figures, or close to it. They could afford to lose an accessory or two. Me, I had maybe two dozen figures so making sure all the parts were kept together meant that at the very least, if I didn’t have the complete set, I had my set complete.
But until those days, here is a list of toys I do not want our kids to have.
- Modelling Clays like Plasticine or Play-Doh
- Jig Saw Puzzles or Puzzle Books
- Blocks where having the complete set to make designated building or designs is paramount
- Shape Sorters
- Doll Houses with all their little bits, just like the Peppa Pig set we bought our little one for his second birthday. Here we are just over a month since he got it and all the bits are all over the place.
- Textas, Marker Pens, Pencils, Crayons or Chalk
- Silly Putty (also the non-silly putty; basically any putty aimed at kids).
- Board Games that are not age appropriate, and even some that are that have parts that go missing too easily. And when it comes down to it, it is hard to get a 2-year-old and an almost 5-year-old to play these games right through to the end without them losing their concentration. A more appropriate name would be Bored Games.
I am sure between now, pending fifth birthday and Christmas I will think of more items on my banned list. What toys or games would you like to add to the list?