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.