10 Creative Toys that Every Foster Home Needs

We have had children in and out of our house.  Through these children I have notice that there have been some toys that have with stood the test of children who need an outlet for creative play.  Plus these toys have also been my sons favorite toys and continue to be my children’s favorite toys.

I feel that toys should be an outlet for children to be creative with.  To do build, create, destroy, imagine, in ways that some kids don’t ever get to.   Many times foster children don’t know how to play.  It takes them time to feel safe or that they are even allowed to play.  Some may just want to throw.  Foster Mom’s gain a sense what each child needs.

Many times foster homes are given hand me downs, broken toys, toys that don’t have all the pieces.  But if you ever wanted to do something nice, buy one of these toys (and a plastic bin to store them in) and donate them to a foster family.  A child will thank you!  Here are 10 toys that every foster home needs.

  • Little People– They are good for toddlers to hold on too, and older ones to create little worlds with.  Watching the foster children while playing with the different people can sometimes help you understand what is going on in their head.  We have everything from Princess to the airport.  
  • Wooden Blocks-These are just great for everything.  Kids will use them alone or with other toys.  BUT be warned-if you have an angry child, use foam blocks.
  • Baby Dolls-Kids love to play house-especially with baby dolls.  We use to have all the extra’s but my little ones are hard on them.  But the dolls, Cabbage Patch Dolls, have with stood it all.
  • Trains – Kids love trains!  Especially little boys! Moving them, building them, the sound of them.  We have wooden trains, plastic trains, and Geo Track set.
  • Legos– (I Put this at 5 -think of the song 12 days of Christmas… now “5000 pieces of Legooooos”!! )  Ok Duplo, Legos- are these not the best toys in the world???  I had a little 4 year old high need foster girl-but she would sit and build with legos for hours!
  • Mr. Potato Head-Kids need permission sometimes to be silly.  And Mr.  Potato Head gives them permission to do that!
  • Lincoln Logs – Something about building your own house.  Fitting pieces together.  Creating something different.
  • Tupperware Shape O Ball Toy – This is the best toy ever!  Good for babies to hold and shake.  Toddlers figure out where the shapes go.  They roll it and have fun emptying it.  Even kids enjoy this toy.  Some foster children miss out of these basic learning skills, so this toy is good without seeming to “baby.”
  • Tinker Toys – Again-it allow children permission to create and be silly.  No rules, just have fun!
  • Art Easel – ours has a chalk board on one side and a white board on the other.  Kids can draw with chalk or water with paint brushes.  White board is good for drawing with markers. (maker sure they are dry ease ones!:)) tape up paper to make an art creation!  The Art Easel is great for the counselors that come to our house, they have kids draw pictures on it.

 

 

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Summer Survival: Phineas and Ferb Style {5 in 5}

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Welcome Back to the final 5 days of Summer Survival. Do you still have your stillness? On Monday I focused on mom’s stopping for a moment to find their stillness-make sure you read the post if you are just joining us! (Personally I have had to reread it. My week has been very hard and I have had to look to God many times for my stillness. I have gone to my knees in prayer, praying a mother’s prayer for her son.  God sent me my stillness. Those moments I needed to keep going on when the world felt like it was crashing around me)

“I know what we going to do today!”

One of the best things about Phineas and Ferb is they talk about using your imagination.

The bigger the better. Summer can be just as simple as sitting under a tree or building a rocket with mom’s car. How horrible it would be if our children would lose the ability to imagine.

We are all about imagination. While we do watch TV, play video games, and use the computers, we encourage the kids to just play. I love to give them things to do, but I want them to come up with things to do. So I make sure to have toys and other items that are good for using imaginations.

  • Legos
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Wooden Blocks
  • Dolls
  • Play kitchen
  • Train sets
  • Cars
  • Arts and crafts
  • Recyclable stuff
  • Empty Boxes
  • Tea sets
  • balls
  • My kids start kick ball games outside on their own
  • The build forts and bases.
  • The play tag
  • The play hide and go seek
I think on the best way for kids to use their minds is to just let them be. Give them a box of dress up and let them have fun. We just got done with VBS this week, and we had a great basket of “Rock and Roll” stuff out for our PRAISE VBS. I had to get in the action-it is my dream to be a rock star!
My kids love to Dress up. At Halloween we do dress up.  Our dress up box is filled with lots of fun. Isaiah went through his flipper stage.  Robby pretends to be a pastor all the time.  My kids can play the strangest games.  After the tornadoes last year they played tornadoes drills for months.  For them that imagination play was a way to cope with the disaster that had hit our area.  They would have sirens, hide in the closets, and then report if it was a F4 or F5 tornado that came through.  Imagination play  help my kids process that horrible day.
Here are some of my kids in their “imagination play action!”

This summer we are going big.

I have been waiting.

Phineas and Ferb style big.

We got some art work a few months ago, (Thomas Kinkade. We bought a week before he died.) The artwork came in HUGE boxes. They have been sitting in my living room. (driving me crazy) But I know that there is a great week or two of play here. I am just waiting. And then I will release the boxes. Imagine what my kids will create!

So what ya doing today?

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Wordless Wednesday: Bricks 4 Kidz

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Bricks 4 Kidz


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A Lego Cruise Ship

You know my sweet husband is addicted to Disney (well so am I) and cruising. He loves cruising. He loves watching the ships go in and out of the harbors.
And the kids love watching with him. It’s their special time together. With the latest Disney cruise ship out Fanasty they love seeing all about it.
Because Robby made a Disney cruise ship out of Legos today.

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After he showed me he said “mom they should make a Lego cruise ship”. Now there’s something to think about! How many Legos do you think it would take? But on the other hand a themed Lego cruise ship-oh there could be cool rooms!


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Lego Manger 2011

This has become some what a yearly tradition for Robby! This year he wanted to know what the gifts looked liked that the wise men brought. So we did some research and found nice pictures and he searched through his Legos for the right pieces.


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