Among people who call themselves minimalists there is a broad spectrum of how much stuff people keep. Some minimalist parents keep only a few toys for their kids and it works out well.
While we did get rid of a lot of toys and will continue to purge as needed, there are a fair amount of toys that we kept. Children like toys. I liked toys when I was young. We have long winters where we live, and going outside can be impossible for long stretches of time. Toys are a good thing for us – especially those toys that encourage creativity.
Here are some of the toys that we keep:
- Legos & Duplos
- Hotwheels cars & tracks
- Wooden & foam blocks
- Trains & tracks (we have Thomas Take ‘n Play & wooden sets from Ikea)
- Mega Bloks
- Games & puzzles (that have their pieces)
- Nerf guns
- Trio blocks
- Play kitchen set
- Stuffed animals (only the well-loved ones)
- Toy musical instruments (like these)
Some people would probably disqualify us from the minimalism category after looking at this list, but in reality it is a good amount for us. We live in a very small space, but unless multiple items are out at once, this amount is easily manageable. These are the toys that get played with over and over.