Make the most of having fewer toys
Where are you going to, Little Red Riding Hood?
We all know what the Big, Bad Wolf is up to. The clue is in the name. We also know what he's up to in the Three Little Pigs. And Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. At turns both menacing and charming, perhaps a little thin skinned, but most definitely a baddie.
It's nice to have a wide range of toys with which to play and create imaginary worlds, but it's not vital. One really good villain can be used again and again, and with each story his character develops a little more. He might even turn out to be not so dangerous after all, like the hapless predator in Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf.
As with all the toys we recommend, the trick is to avoid making too much available at once. Make sure you leave lots of time and space for imagination to find its way in. You'll be pleased with the results: better play, a tidier house and creative, self-starting children who make their own fun.
From our #fewerbettertoys series, where we look at ways to get more play value from the toys you already have.