Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1. Cans - amazing, recyclable and relatively free (we eat the food inside, rinse and ready to go). The boys played throw lids into different sized cans all morning. Priceless!
10. Anything! Anyone! This is the honest truth...my little runners will race to the pole and back at least 15 times. They will throw a can lid and play who can get there first. They will fill cans with water or pull weeds and play harvest. They will cover me with the sweetest "kissing attack" for at least a half hour if I let them (then I must shower, ick slobber!). They will play regardless of the items that surround them. They do not need plastic. They just need time and me and healthy guidance and a little creativity.
So I have gotten rid of more bags of stuff to the local Catholic charity. I have begun to view my house as a type of organism that must have a thicker skin. We do still have plastic toys, though much fewer I am happy to say. I can no longer allow in items that are poisonous to my children (thank you, toy industry). I want toys that inspire creativity and movement (my children run for fun, no Wii needed). And also toys that are recyclable so that we limit the amount of waste we create. I do believe it is a moral issue, one that I continually struggle with. Especially with the Holidays coming we are looking for ways to instill a sense of service rather than entitlement, fun instead of fighting, and always lots of love, laughter, and running.
What ways have you found for creative and conservationist play?
Please visit my cousin, Emily, and www.liverenewed.com for more items on green living and fun for young ones!