A few of Kylie's toys are kept out all the time, things like her pretend food and dishes. And the rest of the toys are kept in six cloth bags and stored on the bookshelf in our office. Our habit has been put one toy bag in the play room and to rotate the toy bags every other day or so.
But for several months now, Kylie could care less about her toy bags. I really don't think she's outgrown the toys but she certainly shows no interest in them. She would much prefer to spend her time coloring or on other crafts.
These fusion beads are a favorite. She puts the beads on whatever shape she's chosen (in this picture, it's a turtle) while I sort the beads from the bucket to the bin. At Kylie's Montessori school, they emphasize working quietly. So Kylie is content to work on her beads quietly. And the two of us comfortably share silence. It's lovely.
Another favorite is her sorting game. In her bedroom, Kylie has her Little Pet Shop Pets, her Barbies and some Little Ponies. She carefully looks at each one and sorts it between my pile and hers. As you can tell, my pile is quite small compared to hers. If I make a statement about why I would like one of the items, Kylie will calmly and emphatically explain why it needs to be in her pile instead of mine. It amuses us both yet I can't help rolling my eyes and thinking to myself, "She sounds like an self-righteous attorney."
She still plays with her leggos and tinkertoys but that's about it. She would much rather play in the park, make something in the kitchen with me...
and daily begs me to take her to the pool. On her two swim lessons this week, she moved her arms and kicked her legs and moved forward in the pool. She swam! I was so happy and proud.
We have a neighborhood yard sale in May.
I would love your suggestions on how to handle selling some of Kylie's toys. Do you think a 4yr old can help pick the toys she's tired of? Should she be involved with the picking? Or should I just sneak them out to the sale table?
Lastly, I'll leave you with some recent scrapbook pages. Just click on the picture to see the credits. Have a great weekend everyone!