Do you live in an apartment or trailer or any other small space? Do you struggle how to use your space effectively? Today we have in guests Kim from Life Over C’s who will share with us ideas for play when there is no space for toys:
Living in a small space can be a challenge. Living in a small space with 4 kids and a husband is a logistics nightmare! We are currently living in a 42′ long 5th wheel trailer and let me tell you… it has caused me more than a few headaches trying to figure out how to fit everything in and prioritize the things to keep and the things we just don’t need. One of the big challenges was the kids’ toys. When there is no room for toys, you learn to play other ways.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We haven’t gotten rid of all of the kids’ toys. In fact, they have remained pretty high on our priority list of things to keep. Right up there with clothes and school supplies. The kind of ‘toys’ has been adjusted though.
Rather than getting a bunch of big toys that the kids will lose interest in within a day, we selected toys that have lots of a ways to play and didn’t take up a lot of space.
Some things that made the cut:
Littlest Pet Shop (Well, because they are small!)
Building blocks & Bristle blocks
Beyond these few specific toys, we didn’t really keep much else. A few stuffed animals for the beds round out their toy collection.
15 WAYS TO PLAY WHEN THERE IS NO ROOM FOR TOYS
- Make lots of play dough!
- Arts and craft projects
- Sensory bins
- Play dough printables
- Make your own games like DIY dominoes
- Play outside
- Take a walk
- Bake together
- Check out a museum
- Visit the library
- Draw with sidewalk chalk
- Create with recyclables
- Make your own puzzles
- Put on a puppet show
- Create with candy!
- Play with soap bubbles
Let your creativity loose! There are so many ways to play without traditional toys!
Kim is a 7th year Homeschooling Mom, currently teaching 6th, 5th, 1st and special education preschool. Visit Kim at Life Over C’s where she shares hands-on homeschooling ideas, crafts and DIY projects.
All 24 articles we will be sharing during February have been written by a number of prominent family-friendly bloggers (some educators, all parents). These articles will be collected and you will find them on our page Less Toys. More Play.
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.