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A Summer Without Toys

Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer!

What happens when your little ones have hundreds of toys to play with? When they’re literally surrounded by them. When every shelf, every draw and the walls of their rooms are covered in them?

They don’t see them anymore. They’re like the wallpaper.

They’re bored. There’s nothing to do.

 

What if there were no toys?

They’re bored. There’s nothing to do.

…For a painful 15 minutes or so.

– Stick it out! Don’t cave.

Then there’s no asking, they just do.

They wander around a little bit, look at things, start turning things over. Then they pick something up. They start to play. They start to create.

An hour goes by, then another, and you’ll be disturbing them…

Watermelon anyone?

A Summer Without Toys. Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer. Fantasy, adventure, creativity. Dare to see what happens without toys...

 

The lemonade stand, with a cookie basket.

 

The wrapping paper table cloth, that came with placemat, knives and forks.

A Summer Without Toys. Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer. Fantasy, adventure, creativity. Dare to see what happens without toys...

 

The cardboard ‘washroom’ (yes – we’ve only been in California four weeks and Miss 4 is calling it a washroom)!

A Summer Without Toys  Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer!

 

 

A chalk path and flowers:

A Summer Without Toys. Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer. Fantasy, adventure, creativity. Dare to see what happens without toys...

 

‘Live’ basketball entertainment:A Summer Without Toys. Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer. Fantasy, adventure, creativity. Dare to see what happens without toys...

 

A basketball hoop tied into the tree; and a wrapping paper court:

A Summer Without Toys. Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer. Fantasy, adventure, creativity. Dare to see what happens without toys...

 

Let’s just sweep up a bit before the guests arrive!

A Summer Without Toys. Why You Should Loose All The Toys for a Week This Summer. Fantasy, adventure, creativity. Dare to see what happens without toys...

 

Left to their own creative devices, what do your little ones do?

Linking A Summer Without Toys to #CountryKids, #BrilliantBlogPosts#WhateverTheWeather, #WhatsTheStory & #MagicMoments

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27 Comments

    • Thanks Jaime 🙂
      …The only problem is… Where can you put (or how long do you need to keep) all those creations afterwards? 😉

  1. Brilliant! This is so true. We’ve done fairly well with the ‘I’m bored’ so far this summer, but it’s starting to rear it’s head… I’m all for them using their imaginations and finding something to do. It’s amazing what they come up when left to their own devices 🙂 #whatsthestory

  2. This is such a wonderful thing!
    I work in schools and so many children come to us over stimulated from the mountains of toys its amazing really bringing it back and encouraging the natural imagination

  3. When my daughter (who is now 29) was little we spend a fortune on a toy shop. We stayed up christmas eve setting up all the fruit and veg and putting money in the cash till. When she opened it she loved it, within half and hour she was playing with the box lol. We used to take walks over the park and pick up leaves and bits, then come home and make a picture. Or cut up potatoes and make pictures with cheap paint. You dont always have to spend a huge amount on toys. Lovely pictures as well

    • Fantastic memories! Love your stories and the things you got up to. It’s crazy isn’t it, when we think we’ve found the ‘perfect’ present and really are willing to spend more money on it than we may have otherwise… Only to find, kids will be kids, they are the most creative, imaginative, experimental of us all, and there certainly is no toy designer that’s going to capture all of that for more than a short period of time 🙂

  4. I totally agree that it’s important for kids to get bored and that they really do have great imaginations! My older two (8 and 6) will happily play for hours outside building random houses for bees out of twigs etc. Mind you I just went on hols and my youngest (2) got ratty without his usual supply of toys and the moment we got home again he was happily digging in the soil with his cars and trucks! Lovely post. #Magicmoments

    • Haha! No, well you just can’t win them all! 😀
      Two’s a funny age… Our Mr 2 is all about his cars, tractors and diggers… But the cardboard box toilet… That won him over 😉

  5. This is so true! There are so many other things they can use to let their imaginations run wild. I love to do this, let them just get on with their imagination.
    Such sweet photos, I love the ‘washroom’ and the basketball court all set out. Kids can be so creative when given the chance.
    I think the best games come from boredom. 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

  6. Fab idea! Did you last the week? My daughter’s imagination is just crazy at the moment (she’s 3). I love it! Yesterday my bed was a boat and we fought off a shark and octopus but she then decided they we’re going to come down to breakfast with us and have some Cheerios! The minds of children ! #whatevertheweather

    • Their imaginations are AMAZING!! I love the sound of your morning adventure 🙂

      Our toy free zone actually went on even longer than a week! And you’ve never seen children so grateful for a teddy after all of that!! 😀

  7. What a brilliant idea and it’s so true. I’ve found having both of the children together they’re so much more interested in playing imagination games together; so far they’ve created a space ship out of a cardboard box from Amazon and a space blaster. I have no silver foil left in the kitchen (!) but I can live with that!
    Great idea and I may get the chalks out later; although with our weather it’ll be washed off by dinnertime!
    xx

  8. You go girl, ditch the toys!!! You know what? I could not agree more. The kids and I have just left home for 4 weeks, and we did not pack a single toy. Not. One. Toy! I packed a couple of card games we could play together and a couple of books, but no toys We have each other to have fun with + I’m sure we can find a cardboard box or 2 at my mum’s. x

  9. My son loves running around the house. Sometimes he uses toys but a lot of time he uses household stuff for his play. Before I would go bonkers when he does cuz it means extra cleaning for me but now I let him go as he seems to enjoy his play when he uses them =) #countrykids

    • It’s totally true! …There we go again ignoring all the toys 🙂
      The hilarious thing is, if you take even some of them away, and then after a week or two set them out again, he’ll be right on them like a fly to a light!

    • Thanks Karen!
      I honestly believe there’s no limit to their creativity, just as long as we nurture it a little every now and again 😀

  10. This is brilliant! Studies are always coming out in favour of giving kids more ‘bored’ time to boost creativity and your post pretty much sums up just how much kids do when given some time without organised fun or obvious entertainment. Loving the cardboard washroom! #countrykids

    • The cardboard washroom was just too sweet, Miss 7 drew a toilet seat at the back, a toilet roll holder on the left and a light switch by the window on the right 😀

      I’ve read a few of those studies too, one aspect that stuck in my mind was the necessity of experiencing bordom. Not the kind that is felt after 60 seconds of nothing to do, true, utter deep set bordom – and not only that it’s the fertilizer of creativity but also it’s in those moments we find ourselves, accept ourselves and experience that ‘just being’ is enough; that WE are enough.

      All very good reasons to give our children the GIFT of bordom every now and again 🙂

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