The last time I wrote about toys was almost three years ago. The boys’ interests have changed a lot since then, so I thought I would share some of their current favourite toys. I still feel like our toy selection is pretty minimal, but the three of them seem to manage without any problems. They rarely ask for new toys (other than adding to their Lego collection), and since we moved house; they play in the garden for hours which is so nice, and exactly what I imagined when we first viewed our new home.
I think really carefully before buying them new toys, and try to find ones that will appeal to all three of them for different reasons. I also try to stay well clear of anything that relates to a film, or a character too – because it gives the toy a much shorter shelf life. Plus, you can guarantee that they will all prefer a different character.
Winston is 6, Rufus is 4 and Otto is 2 – and here are some of the toys that they are playing with:
- Lego – The boys’ Lego collection is left out most of the time, which is no surprise. It’s funny how Winston didn’t play with Lego until he was almost five, whereas Otto has been around it since birth and seems to know what to do with it. We have a few large Lego boards, and store it in a Stuffel bag. Lego is so good for promoting creativity and it lasts a lifetime.
- Schleich animals – There is an outlet close to our home that sells Schleich animals, and each time I go I buy one or two to add to our collection. Each animal costs between £2-£6 – but they will last forever, and they are played with every single day. Otto and Ru line them up and then it ends in a big battle (of course). I bought a job lot of dinosaurs from ebay that are kept with the animals too. Otto is not good at sharing his beloved cheetah.
- Train set – Winston and Otto love this the most, and it is still out often. We haven’t added to it for a while as we haven’t needed to – the three of them can play with it at the same time. Otto can get quite possessive over some of the trains, so it often ends with him breaking everything up. Classic.
- Stickle bricks – I loved playing with these as a child, and my mum bought the boys some a few Christmases ago. They’re great for small fingers because they’re chunky and easy to push together. The colours are nice and bright too, and great for the imagination.
- Play kitchen and toy food – Win and Ru have had a tea set for a while, but last year we added a play kitchen from IKEA and they all love it, especially Otto. He loves setting out a little party and seems to enjoy making lots of soup. I love watching him getting busy in the kitchen, and it is set up in his bedroom.
- Duplo – Again, not a surprise. Duplo is perfect when they want to build something quickly, and it’s not as delicate as Lego – exactly what Otto needs.
- Army men – Rufus especially loves setting up a battle. He will play for hours and hours setting up the tanks, army men and walls. Not fun if you step on them though!
- Wooden blocks – These are usually used in conjunction with either the army men (to set up battle fortifications) or with the Schleich animals (to set up a zoo). My mum found some at a charity shop, and then I added some Kapla blocks from ebay. They’re just really handy to have around.