I would love to know what other people – parents and others with kiddo experience – think about all the stuff that kid’s supposedly need. In my three weeks as a mom to a very-active, five year old boy, I can tell you that there are a handful of items in my house that maintain his interest.
One, is a Playhut set that I got on Freecycle. This, combined with pillows, cushions from our couch and a few blankets, entertains him for quite some time. The same concept could easily be constructed with boxes and duct tape (except that this Playhut thing folds up and makes a certain mama very happy).
The second thing that he loves to play with is our dog. I realize not every dog may be as willing to be bossed around by a five year old but Piper is a willing playmate (most of the time).
The kiddo would also love to play video games all day long but we limit those to a pretty short segment of time. There are a few DVDs he enjoys watching but he usually gets bored with them after about 20 minutes and goes back to the “fort.” In rare moments, he will spend concentrated time with Legos or blocks, but I’ve only witnessed this phenomenon a handful of times. He does enjoy books before bedtime. The current ones in rotation are The Jesus Storybook Bible, a few by Mo Willems & Karma Wilson, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
This post at Ohdeedoh talked about the items you don’t need for your baby but I’m wondering what you might not need for your pre-schooler. So, I’m curious…what are some must haves? What should we pass on?