Many of us would agree that our children have an abundance of possessions. Even though my husband and I seek to limit the number of playthings that enter our house (and I’m nearly obsessive about constantly editing their toys), it still seems like there is too much stuff – especially when it’s time to put it all away!
However, if I were to pare it all down to the things I’d really like my children to use, here are five things I think they should own.
- A Bible. Long before our daughters were old enough to read, we had them begin taking a little Bible with them to church. We taught them to handle it respectfully and treat it with care. When they sat in church services with us, we would help them find the Scripture passages the Pastor used to help them understand that he was preaching from God’s Word.
- Books. Personally, I don’t think a child can own too many good books! We have four three-shelf bookcases full of books that our girls enjoy reading.
- A Bicycle. In the early stages, they had a ride-on toy, then a tricycle and eventually a two-wheel bike. Not only does it teach balance and build their gross motor skills, but it gives a sense of independence. Every child likes having their own set of wheels!
- Blocks. These could be wooden blocks, Duplos, Legos or some empty cardboard boxes. Size and shape don’t matter as much as the ability they give your child to use his imagination.
- Art supplies. You never know what creativity your child might possess! I am not an “artsy” person, but our daughters have always enjoyed using paper, crayons, scissors and glue to make an amazing array of projects.
So there’s a basic list of items I like for my children to have. What would be on your list?