Modifications and expansions to the play space over the past few years have enabled me to have a wider variety of toys available at the same time. Elimination of old, broken and seldom used items from the storage area has also limited the number of items available to rotate in and out of play. So, about a year ago that I decided it was time to consider purchasing some new toys.
I started looking at some of the many daycare supply catalogues that I have here. Every year I get more sent to me. Some of them end up as craft supplies or loose parts for the children to ‘read’ and use in their dramatic play activities. As the children peruse the catalogues I take note of the items that interest them. I was intrigued that some of the children pick out items that they want to ‘make’ rather than ‘buy’ – I do that too.
However, I know there are some new items that I do need to buy. I made a rather long list of possible purchases then I put it aside for a while. When I looked at it again I easily cut the list in half but it was still a little long. Over spring break I printed the shortened list – with pictures – and gave it to the children. I asked them for their opinions. What items would they like best and why?
They were little help.
Not only did they not eliminate any of the items from the list but now they are expecting the arrival of the new items. Every day they arrive and ask if the new toys are here – I haven’t even placed the order yet.
Sigh, it’s going to be a big, expensive order.