I snapped this picture of Hannah's corner of the couch during our school time yesterday.
Four different craft projects and a math book.
So much going at once!
Like mother, like daughter...
Today's cleaning day.
We need to do a big purge, and de-junk this place.
Our Christmas decor is finally all boxed up.
And the house feels empty.
It makes me want to clean.
The kids' rooms (ahem...and mine) are in disarray.
So are the closets and bookcases and baskets.
So much fun holiday partying leaves little time for organizing and cleaning!
And I read this fantastic article in December.
Such a great reminder that kids don't need a crazy assortment of plastic junk toys
to fill up space in our homes and in their lives.
My kids' favorite toys (or un-toys) are the great outdoors, books, craft supplies, and odds and ends for making stuff.
And that's pretty much all we need.
Plus some wooden blocks, a few dolls, and a small play kitchen with some little dishes.
Oh, and legos and balls for the boys, of course.
I find that they are more creative with their play, when they have less to dictate that play.
And with lots of free time during the day, they are really good at thinking up things to do.
I also believe that unscripted toys are best for childrens' imaginations. Toys that talk or have directions come with limited use, and also limit the child's opportunity to create his own play. Dolls, fabric, building materials, craft supplies, etc. are all unscripted and can be used in so many ways, according to a child's imagination.
So, off I go with my big black garbage sack
to gather up toys to be donated and tossed out!
I'm hoping to take some time this weekend to sort through the other clutter in my life as well.
The clutter in my schedule, in my mind, and in my soul.
This article is fantastic. The principles in it have helped me so much over the years.
There's more about this in her book as well. It's excellent!
Lots to think about as we enter a new year.
But what keeps coming back to me is
Hope you all have a simply lovely weekend!
And we'll see you back here next week with photos of the girls' Christmas sweaters and some knitting links. Fun!!