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Old 12-07-2012, 04:07 PM   #21
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what do u think is a reasonable number of puzzles per child? i have 5 kids & was thinking 2 per child but 10 puzzles sound like alot to keep track of. i have 14 now & really wanna bring that # down.

ETA: ok this is what i did. out of 14. 2 were missing pices so thrownout. then i let the kids pick 8 & the rest were donating.

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #22
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We have:

Box of mega blocks
Light up drum
4 stuffed animals
Chatter phone pull toy
Pop up animal toy
1 wood puzzle
20ish books
Turtle that lights up and plays music
Brio wagon walker
Ride in car for outside
A music play table
Kid sized table and chairs
Toy box
Wooden "construction train" with blocks that stack onto train car bases
Beach toys left over from vacation (we plan on getting a sand box soon)
Bubble tumbler and bubbles
Wooden nesting blocks
1 wooden car and 4 trucks

For Christmas from Santa and us he will get:

4 books
A bead runner
2 bigger construction trucks
3 wooden cars
One more toy we haven't decided on maybe a bath toy set

I feel like we have a great number of toys. We have plenty to keep him busy, but not so many that we have a mess all the time.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:16 PM   #23
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Re: S/O How many toys do you think is just enough? How many is too few?

I'll type them out by room...

Boys Room
Book Shelf (100 books total that get rotated 25 at a time)
8 Stuffed animals on their beds
Small corner shelf for 'special' things- rocks, etc
Large bin of wooden blocks
2 Cup container of Lego Minifigures
They have 3 gallon clear lidded bins of:
Cars/Trains
Wooden train tracks
Felt and wooden play food
Schleich/Toob animals
Action figures
Duplos

My DD's room:
Dollhouse with drawer underneath for Barbies/clothes
Doll Cradle w/ 3 dolls
Fabric Bin of doll clothes
Laundry Basket full of stuffed animals
Fabric Bin of random toys
A dozen or so books

In the hall closet, I keep a tote of craft supplies and a dozen or so puzzles and board games.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:58 PM   #24
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Re: S/O How many toys do you think is just enough? How many is too few?

I'll give it a try. I'm sitting in their playroom right now.

2 large gym mats for tumbling, (folded up against walls now)
Kitchen with medium tote of food
Rocking boar
Large basket with stuffies
Cart for kitchen
Bouncy horse
Easel
2 bean bag chairs
1 bosu ball
1 medium toy box with odds and ends (puppets, backpacks, scarves, a random ball)
1 giant stuffie Rottweiler
Wood cradle with stuffies

Small totes on shelves:
Balls
Make-up/jewelry pretend kit
Duplos
M&D pattern blocks
M&D magnetic dress-up
Wood tool box
Wood shape sorter

Xylophone
Large tote of wood blocks.

In closet, which they don't have free reign of:
Medium tote foam blocks
Medium tote sorting manipulatives
Stack of 6 board/card games
2 large totes dress-ups
small tote wooden cars

2 3-drawer plastic cart with:
1) baby rattles and teethers
2) miscellaneous 'treasure' box (beads, buttons, string,Happy meal toys)
3) 6 puzzles in pencil pouches
4) folded sheet for fort-making
5) Card games
6) a misc car and puzzle.

There's also a bookshelf with:
1/2 dozen knob puzzles
50ish books
Plastic farm with animals.

There are a few other odds and ends around but that about sums it up. Wow, seems like WAAAAAAAY too much.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:08 PM   #25
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Legos
Snap circuits
Microscope
Telescope
Lincoln logs
Calico Critters
Imaginext
Schleich figurines
A couple of baby dolls and a bunk bed that my father in law made
Play silks
Matchbox cars/planes
A couple of board games
Books
Play doh
Art supplies

The baby has a wooden rainbow, a fisher price record player, some mini wooden blocks and a little people Noah's arc.

For Christmas we are adding to sets and they are also getting some new Tegu blocks and geomags. I like having sets of things because all kids can play together without fighting. I love the concept of "community toys." Each kid has their own small bin for special toys they don't want to share- but they hardly ever have something in the bins. They pretty much share everything.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:31 PM   #26
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Re: S/O How many toys do you think is just enough? How many is too few?

We have lots of Legos. Beyond that, not a whole lot.

Fisher Price dollhouse with enough furniture to do each room
3 Barbies and a few outfits
half a dozen My Little Ponies
a bunch of Squinkies
30 Hot Wheels
2 18" dolls with maybe a dozen outfits
5 dress-up outfits
some K'Nex
enough random bits to fill a small tote

I think that's it, aside from board games and puzzles. We play a lot of games and still have kids at different levels, but as the 5 yr old gets older, some of the games will be leaving. She's not ready, though, for most of our games. Anyway, I think that's a pretty accurate list for the 3 kids. I'm probably getting rid of the dress-up clothes soon, though, as they are really never used, and when we finally get some storage up for DS we'll probably go through his stuff again. Oh, I forgot stuffed animals. We have some, but the ones that are out get played with, and the ones that are put away fit in a tub and were mine when I was a kid, for the most part. I keep thinking about going through them, but as they were mine when I was a kid, I have a hard time doing so.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:34 PM   #27
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For Christmas we are adding to sets and they are also getting some new Tegu blocks and geomags. I like having sets of things because all kids can play together without fighting. I love the concept of "community toys." Each kid has their own small bin for special toys they don't want to share- but they hardly ever have something in the bins. They pretty much share everything.
I'm trying to get mine down to a list as short as yours! I really like the concept behind the cooperative play toys.Since my two year old has recently gotten the grabbies, the 4 year old has become very possessive of what she thinks is hers. Even when they're playing together though, it seems they fight over which color piece goes where,etc. I guess it comes with age and maturity.

ETA: after reading over the list that I entered above, I got encouraged to go ahead and get rid of a few! Reading it all in one place made me realize how much they have. So a few got tossed into the donate box.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:15 AM   #28
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Help Me! We have way too many toys, but I really struggle with what tots to get rid of, despite the fact that I know it's too much. My DS is 17 months, and this is what he has:

One tote of Megablocks
One tote of Waffle blocks
One tote wooden blocks
One set of big brick blocks
7 chunky puzzles
Bouncing ride on turtle
Bounce house
Basketball hoop
Ball pit
Up and Down roller coaster
Wooden kitchen w/ accessories
Cutting food set
Felt food set
Melissa and Doug shopping cart
Doll stroller
A few dolls
Little People sets (town, farm, bus, nativity, Santa train, carnival, rocketship)
FP car ramp
3 Tonka trucks
5 or so misc cars
Xylophone
Melissa and Doug piano
Magnadoodle
Diego rescue pack set
Chuck the talking truck
Tool sets
Lacing beads
Cash register
Ball popper push toy
See n Say
Mr Potato head
About 5 different balls
Toy box of misc toys

A huge tote with about 100 books that we rotate
Crayons
Finger paint

Outside:
Water table
Playhouse
Swing
Wagon
Sled
3 in 1 tricycle
Toddler sized power wheel
Slide
Radio flyer ride on
Crane ride on
Dirt bike ride on

Stored:
2 totes of outgrown, baby toys

What would you keep/toss?

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:45 AM   #29
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Re: S/O How many toys do you think is just enough? How many is too few?

I want to see if I can list it all...

Ikea storage unit:
Mega blocks
Little people accessories
Car and trucks
Wooden puzzle toys
Baby toys (rattles, peek a boo blocks, soft cars etc)

Ikea storage #2:
Construction vehicles x4
Little people sets (house, circus, pirate, farm, garage, train, playground)

Foam blocks
Train table with tracks and trains
Kitchen wi food and accessories
Stuffed animals
Doll bed, high chair, stroller
Puzzles
Books

I know we have too much, but its for 4 kids at different stages.

My boys mostly play with cars and dd plays mostly with books and puzzles. I'm tempted to get rid of one or two LP sets, but I'm afraid I will regret it later.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:45 AM   #30
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Re: S/O How many toys do you think is just enough? How many is too few?

Some of you make me feel like I have way too much still, while others I see have an issue with toys, like me!

Thanks for the advice on paring down on puzzles, we have too many puzzles. Beginner puzzles, through ones with many pieces. There are a few I love, and the kids love, my DS is getting one for Christmas from us, so I will part with the ones that just aren't being used. If our youngest ever wants puzzles, we can request them from family for Christmas, he's just not quite ready for them yet...
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