This afternoon I was browsing Amazon trying to figure out what might show up under the Christmas tree for our son (courtesy of SwagBucks–if you haven’t started using SwagBucks you should!).
As I looked through the toy list suggested by Amazon, I was disappointed by the plethora of plastic, noisemaker, cartoon character toys that were out there.
First, we try to keep the TV/movie characters to aÂ minimumÂ at our house, mostly because we don’t care for the obsession that seems to follow from the overabundance of Toy Story, Thomas & Friends, etc.
Second, the toys we bring into our home I’d like to be fun, useful, sturdy, and attractive. I don’t want something that’s just going to entertain my child, but will encourage them to think for themselves and come up with their own play as well as aid developmental skills.
I hope that doesn’t sound like it drains all the fun out of toys, because there are a lot of toys that are beautiful, useful, and fun!
Just take a look:
This week I plan on sharing some of my favorite toy companies (Melissa & Doug, Plan toys, and Nova Natural) as well as a few Etsy shops that have caught my eye and have me drooling.
(The links to Amazon are affiliate links. If you like what you see and choose to make a purchase, Our Montessori Home would earn a small commission of that purchase. Thanks for reading.)
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Thank you for posting this! I too am discusted by the abundance of cheap plastic crap toys out there. When I see a nice wood toy I’ll snag it because it’s so rare. I just paid a pretty penny at Costco for an all wood activity station that is in the shape of a box with different tiles and stuff on every side. I feel like this will last the test of time and it’s beautiful.