When selecting toys for the kids play space I try to be very intentional. I focus on choosing things that are high quality, made of natural and eco-friendly materials, open-ended and suitable for multiple age groups.

We do try to be more minimalistic in our approach but I have a ways to go before I feel like I can say I’m truly a “minimalist.” I do believe very strongly that less truly is more, especially when it comes to toys.

As a general rule, I try to stay away from standard plastic (but make an exception for a few items like LEGOs and toys made from recycled materials) and we have zero toys that light up, make noise, or talk to the kids.

Keep in mind that the more a toy does, the less your kid has to do. You want THEM doing the thinking, visualizing, and creating. Passive play is NOT the play we want to promote.

15 Top Playroom Must Haves

The Nugget: This amazing foam play couch is perfect for gross motor development and also encourages creativity and imaginative play. It’s super easy to clean and a playroom must have for kids of all ages.

Lily and River Little Climber (Pikler triangle): Another gross motor piece that can be used in many different ways. Younger babies can practice crawling and pulling up, and toddlers can climb and jump–all ages benefit from using this piece to develop strength, balance and coordination.

Magna-Tiles: They are perfect for encouraging critical thinking, hand/eye coordination, spatial awareness, early math skills, creativity and concentration.

Blocks: There is a reason wooden blocks are a classic toy that never goes out of style. Simple blocks are a great way to promote creativity, problem solving skills, fine motor skills, language development, social skills….you name it, block pretty much has it covered.

LEGOs: Another classic that ALL kids should have for building. One thing to note is that you don’t need to buy all the pre-designed sets–it’s actually better for kids to just have to good old “regular” LEGOs to encourage creativity.

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