When I look around our living space, it fills me with wonder.
Not so much at our tasteful décor but at the evidence of how children have overtaken our lives.
There are toys literally bursting out from every corner. The large wooden chest overflowing with playthings (it has a lid but we can rarely close it). The fireplace stacked with bouncy animals, footballs, building blocks and drum kit. Hoola hoops behind the door. A large ship-shaped kite stuck in our yucca tree.
We are literally submerged.
Some days I just want to stroll around with a large bin bag and chuck everything inside.
Perversely, you can still find me every other week at our local toy library, scanning for more kit to amuse the bubbas.
Many new parents are surprised to find out that they can borrow toys for free (or a nominal fee) from their local libraries. Toy libraries are a great way to meet other breeders and to try out age-appropriate toys without having to make a long-term commitment.
Earlier this week we picked up a set of musical bells by Percussion Plus that have been a huge hit with the little ones. They make a pleasant tinkling sound, although I can’t say I’m sad to pack them away when they’re done with play.
Toys I’ve borrowed from the library have led me to some pretty cool ranges. Visiting the library also helps to teach my boys to appreciate that what they have is not necessarily what they own and to start learning the art of letting go.
Ask at your library or visit the National Association of Toy & Leisure Libraries to find out about your nearest Toy Library.