playing…’less is more’

after we went out for a walk in the rain this morning, greeting the new year, this girl got into playing at this corner of the room right when we entered the house.her sister was assisting her papa on the highchair and they both cooked our lunch.I was sitting on the couch, drinking hot ginger lemon tea, watching this girl playing for about an hour or so.

 

she first started cooking in the kitchen and preparing food for her baby.then she took some fabrique layed it carefully on the floor and built a house for her baby.there she changed diapers and fed her baby. realizing that the baby must be tired she got the baby crib and stroller. switched between those two and ended up laying the baby on the blanket to sleep.she then realized she forgot to read a good night story, so grabbed after something and read a story.she talked to her baby for sooo long.the fox and some wolves were the main characters.

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this little scene went forever and I layed there watching here, secretly taking some photos and thinking that my 2 toddlers are more and more turning into girls.big girls.

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they got that wooden kitchen a year ago for christmas.nothing more.just that kitchen and it was more than enough.two months later, when they turned two we gifted them each with a precious waldorf doll.nothing more.and again.it was more than enough.so this year for christmas we decided again, that one gift is enough.it doesn’t need more.seeing them now combining those 3 gifts and playing with them constantly  (kitchen towels, some kitchen utensils are added and used as well) makes me so happy and is just another confirmation that ‘less is more’ is so precious and important when it comes to choosing toys for our children.with less they start playing more freely, start combining things and most important and wonderful start using their precious imagination.

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In this case today, I’m convinced she got in that balanced mood of playing so well, because we went on a long walk outside before, where she got a lot of movement and fresh air.i think it helps to ground and to balance our children.its a good preperation for a longer and calmer play inside.

 

17 thoughts on “playing…’less is more’

  1. Maddy

    So lovely and something I’m struggling hard to impliment. My daughter is four and received 30 gifts just for birthday this year (not including our own!) I don’t know where to begin with family and friends, we are making food steps within our own home to minimise gifting and toys but our daughter is already attached to quite a lot. I can see so clearly how free she is to play when lots of the toys are put away.

    How do you tell friends and family? Do you ask for money instead? That’s the only
    Way I can see around it as they really want to get her stuff.
    Ahhhh! Lost!! Hehe 🙂
    Beautiful blog post, I love following you on Instagram!

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    1. esther

      hi there maddy.thank you for your feedback.go have a look at my instapost from today and go through the comments.there i tried to answer that question already asked by another fellow mama. 😉
      warm greetings, esther*

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  2. Olivia

    I wish I had the balls to do this.. I think it is too late now.. Our house is full of toys. The only positive is that when our girls outgrow their toys, we give them to our local charity shop and that makes me feel a little bit better about the whole toy situation.

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    1. esther

      dear olivia.it can’t be too late.by giving away some of their toys they learn so much.what a great thing to do….maybe you can secretly hide some of their toys that haven’t been of interest for a long time 😉😊
      Warm greetings, esther*

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  3. May

    Less is more. I totally agree with your limitations of presents, as I have done this since our kids were born. My husband thinks differently, thinking we should give them more, but he goes along with my train of thought anyway. He also knows that if the kids inevitably recieves lots of toys from family, I’ll sort them out and keep the minimum that’ll potentially be of benefit to their development- the rest, be it new or old, gets taken straight to charity as I hate clutter and love living a minimalist lifestyle. Your feed is gorgeous by the way!

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    1. esther

      hi may.this sounds wonderful and i think more and more parents come to the conclusion and observe with their kids, that “less is more”.and thank you for your compliment 🙂
      warm greetings,esther*

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  4. Izegutribe

    Endlich hatte ich Zeit deinen Eintrag zu lesen, denn er hat mich sehr interessiert. Ich bin vollkommen deiner Meinung und sehe den Beweis in meinen Kindern. Leider kann ich die Familie von meinem Mann nicht überzeugen, sie finden je mehr, desto besser. Es macht mich wahnsinnig, weil die Sachen nur für ein paar Minuten interessant sind und dann nur Platz wegnehmen, aber sie sind ja auch nur (Plastik) Müll und verschmutzen die Umwelt (v.a. die Verpackung). Ich bin in der Hinsicht gemein und pack das Zeug gleich weg … aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn und weder mein Mann, noch meine Kinder merken es (wieder ein Beweis, was das für eine Verschwendung ist) und gebe sie dann an Hilfsorganisationen weiter. Es ärgert mich trotzdem, dass ich damit jedes Jahr kämpfen muss.

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    1. esther

      liebe andrea.wie genial du das lässt.respekt.sehr cool.das mit dem wegpacken und immer wieder mal was verschwinden lassen, manchmal auf zeit und manches für immer, mache ich auch so.und ich finde auch dass es super funktioniert.aber ich versteh auch dein ärger, wenn so zeugs ins haus kommt und man schon wieder überlegt wie man es loswerden kann.ich übe mich da auch gerade in toleranz und lasse einiges da.auch wenn es nicht mir entspricht.ich warte bis es quasi “out” wird und dann verschwindet es. liebste grüße, esther*

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  5. Anna

    What a wonderfully attentive mother to observe her daughter for an entire hour while she is engrossed in her play. And what a gift she was given in return. Wise women invest their time where it matters most. I appreciate you allowing this glimpse into your life.

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  6. dmoriakova

    Me again) I am totally into this but I have a relatives issue. Every birthday my kids get presents from them. A lot of presents. Grandma, my aunt, my cousins, kids aunt, two great grandmothers 😁 … I realize kids are lucky to have so much relatives but how can I protest them to give gifts? They are doing it from their heart. But in the end it creates such a mess of toys in house ;( what would you do?

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    1. esther

      hi there again.its a hard topic.for sure.and i can’t give you a solution.sorry.you will have to follow your heart in this.i’m fortunate that i’m able to talk to most of my relatives really open about it.and that all of them are very sensetive and ask me before and think about it the same “less is more”.i don’t know if this is an option, but if so, i first would try to speak with them.to tell them whats on your heart and whats important for you.how you view and watch your kids with toys (less and much toys).maybe you have the chance to describe the differences you see.if that creates an open plattform, be brave to talk about it.they might respond more positive than you think if you click to your personal observations with your kids and don’t generalize.another option is to slowly remove older toys out of the room.if your kids are older, involve them and talk with them (maybe you realize and see that certain toys never get used and would suggest to give them away to some charity places). with that you can actively involve them and they come to a place where they can maybe witness the joy of giving.i remember my mum decided that there’s certain toys that are only there for a certain period of time and then they disappeared in the basement.around christmas she would bring them up again….i’m sure you’ll find a way if this is on your heart and you see that your kids are mainly unhappy or don’t get into playing because of tooo much toys.we are still their parents and mainly responsible and have the freedom to create a room for playing and development/unfolding. a big reason to be brave to stand up for your observations in dealing with toys.hope that helps a bit. esther*

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  7. Olivia

    Thanks for your reply Esther 🙂 And thank you for opening my eyes! I had a long word with myself and finally decided that enough is enough and that I need to de-clutter. So pink and plastic is banned in our house and so are numerous birthday/Christmas presents. Now to break the news to our relatives 😀

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    1. esther

      oh my.olivia.i’m happy that you came to some solutions for your family.step by step. and as i said.don’t hesitate to share your very own observations and views you have of your kids playing or not playing with less or much toys to your relatives 😉 all the best to you and your fam, esther*

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