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Just add water

Just add water

How can you breathe new life into tired, old, familiar toys?

Just add water.

Or sand. Or simply take them out into the garden.

Just like poets seek inspiration by cutting out words and putting two together at random, children make new connections when they see their toys in a new environment. A car that has fallen out of favour becomes interesting again if placed in a puddle or driven across soft clay.

There's no need to find exotic locations or unusual materials. You have everything you need right there in front of you: make a mountain out of those cushions; put a sheet over that table to make a den; use those books to make ramps or a marble run.

You don't need more toys. You simply have to do more with what you've got.

This post is part of our #fewerbettertoys series, where we look at ways to get maximum play value out of as few toys as possible.

April 27, 2019 By Alexis Ralphs
How many toys does your child need?

How many toys does your child need?

Some? Yes. But not as many as they currently have, almost certainly.

This new illustrated series - I have a pencil for my iPad! And I can't draw, as you can see :) - will focus on one of our core principles: fewer, better toys

As you probably know, I'm not a fan of prescriptive, Pinterest-friendly activities. It's better to give children the materials and let them make their own discoveries - though the occasional hint is not against the rules ;)

This new series looks at ways of getting more play value out of the toys you already have.
A simple one to start with:

You don't need lots of props.

In the 100 Toys house, we love creating small worlds with all the blocks, figures and fabric we have at our disposal, but the craft box can be a simpler - and much cheaper - alternative. Draw a scene on a big sheet of paper or on the inside of a cardboard box. You have a ready-made world. A couple of vehicles or figures and you're away. For more inspiration, see our blog post: 3 Goodies and a Baddie.

It can be disposable, or something you return to over many days. It's up to you. And the best thing is, you won't feel any guilt when your child has finally finished with it. None of the bin/loft/charity shop dilemmas that you would face with a 'real' toy.

April 27, 2019 By Alexis Ralphs

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