I've mentioned a few times before that things work best for us here at The Beetle Shack when inside toys are scarce. That doesn't mean that we don't have a large amount of 'plastic fantastic' that we've gathered at toy sales over the years, because we do - think Fire Man Sam play sets, Octonaut figurines (a personal favourite, I must confess), tonka trucks and the essential lego and duplo collections. It simply means that these toys are carefully managed and packed away into high places when not being actively played with. They are brought down as a reward for good behaviour or on a rotational basis to ensure the kids don't tire of them and begin using them as weaponry for sibling warfare rather than their intended purpose - imaginative play.
I find that most toys are loved for a short period of time before being discarded under the bed, behind the book shelf or at the back of the wardrobe (although they do provide some superb bribery opportunities much like the ones I mentioned in this post).
Around here it's the 'classic' toys that get used repeatedly day in, day out. Year in, year out. You know, the toys that we 80's babies used to play with as kids. The Lego, the Duplo and dare I say... the My Little Pony*
As our tribe get older, Dave and I find ourselves investing in the toys that will go the distance. The toys that last when left out in the weather, provide physical activity and facilitate happy, lasting memories.
I'm pretty sure every one of us will recall bouncing luxuriously on the trampoline, filling our shoes and socks with sand in the sandpit and swinging for hours on the swing set.
It's the eternal back yard trio.
The sandpit. The trampoline. The swing set.
This week we completed the trifecta at the Target Toy Sale by collecting a fabulously 1980's inspired swing set- think tubular steel and bright yellow plastic. Some things never change and nor should they.
*okay, not really in the same category, i know. But gee I loved my 'My Little Pony's'
This post is sponsored by Target.