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Toys -- today and yesterday

I know "back in the day" they managed without much stuff at all. And that included toys. HOW did they manage? How did the kids learn everything they needed to learn without all the innovations of today? Was one puzzle good enough back then when now we need a succession of puzzles?

In other words, what do we really need?


Blogger Raising a Happy Child said...

Interesting question. Sometimes I think that we have too many toys today leaving too little to imagination. I grew up in the former Soviet Union, and we definitely didn't have as many toys. So... children were outside more playing with their friends. We were not as "guarded", and none of my friends became a victim of a sexual predator or a drive-by shooting. In a way, we had a freer childhood than today.

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5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The appropriate question would be "Are you done shopping for Christmas yet?"

For the kids, yes I am. Their Dad has the puzzles left to order and that is all that is left. (1 for each child and then 1 for each of my parents.)

Then there is Christmas cards if I decide to do them (made just not ordered)...a coffee mug for my Dad, books for my brother... those things are done but not ordered yet.

I am also still debating on the 2x3 inch magnets for everyone since nobody is getting actual gifts from us this year. Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents...

If tomorrow was Christmas I would be prepared as far as the kids go. lol But I do think they will like the puzzles their Dad is ordering too.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Wendy at Babies Gotta Have It said...

This is such a good question. I struggle with this so much--especially since we live in a little apartment and space is at a premium. Plus you just see all this plastic coming in to the house that one day will end up in landfills.

Are we training our kids to be bored? There is the fear that one puzzle won't be enough to keep their interest. But if you only have one, will it become instead prized and well-used?

I really wish I knew!

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you only need a couple that challenge just enough. Then pass them down to a younger child, and get one more challenging.

9:18 PM  

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