I spent the weekend cleaning out toys. Unlike most parents...I haven't really done this before. OK- here and there, but never on a regular yearly basis.
Guess what my house looks like?
This is the problem with not-quite-crunchy toys. They tend to be well made of wood, fabric, really strong plastic or other long lasting materials or. They tend to be open-ended so they can be played with in many different ways and IN different ways as a child gets older.
So...ummm...we've kept them for awhile...a LONG while.
Good-bye wooden farm that's been played with for 4 years. Good-bye plastic 7 year old Mega-Blocks garbage truck with garbage cans. Good-bye multi-colored xylophone. Good-bye- wooden car wash, fabric people, 25 matchbox cars, wooden airport and finally but sadly, the musical pirate ship and a load of costumes that no longer fit.
I KNOW my son will still play with these toys given half a chance...but only occasionally and being able to move in his room is preferable.
Doing it again, would I buy so many toys? Rationally and greenly, the answer is of course "no". emotionally: "load 'em up". I can only be happy we mostly chose toys that can be passed on years later.
On the other hand, the cheaply made crap isn't still hanging around my house!