Who needs toys?

4 Aug

People often ask me about our packing list, and what we’re planning to take.  What about toys, they ask.  Just a little art stuff I say, that’ll keep them busy.  Maybe a frisbee, or an inflatable ball.  We don’t want to carry too much.

The truth is, my children don’t really play with toys very much.  They’d far rather utilise a household impliment in an innapropriate way.  But when it comes to travelling, I think the old ‘in my day we had to make do with a sharpened stick’ thing, will come in very useful…


26 Responses to “Who needs toys?”

  1. Alethea Hill 04/08/2010 at 9:21 am #

    That’s brilliant. Upcycling at it’s finest!

  2. jfb57 04/08/2010 at 9:43 am #

    What a fantastic photo! They clearly enjoyed being papered!

  3. Cathy @ NurtureStore 04/08/2010 at 9:55 am #

    Love it! B & L are heading to get some newspapers as I type. Would you come and share this idea with the Play Academy?

  4. mummymatters 04/08/2010 at 10:15 am #

    What a brilliant idea! They clearly enjoyed themselves – I think I need to switch my brain on I’d never think of doing something like that!?!

  5. Michelle 04/08/2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Awww they are adorable!!! Great they can play with ‘normal’ stuff and not just toys.

  6. whatdidyoudotodaymama 04/08/2010 at 1:04 pm #

    What a fab idea. They look like they’ve had a great time.

  7. christinemosler 04/08/2010 at 2:49 pm #

    How fantastic! I love this! 😀

  8. parklover 04/08/2010 at 6:31 pm #

    This reminds me of a recycling project I did at school with my form once. It involved a fashion show with clothes made of papers and magazines, much like this!Great fun.

  9. monkeymummy 04/08/2010 at 8:03 pm #

    That’s fantastic… I’m off to gift wrap Baby T!

  10. Harriet 04/08/2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Fantastic picture! And I love that they’re really not into toys. My children are too much like their magpie mother… if it’s new and shiny….

  11. London City Mum 04/08/2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Fabulous. You are truly The Wallop in my books.

    LCM x

  12. Anne Anderson 04/08/2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Our friends just returned from a one-year rtw trip with kids. They traveled with only one toy and cannot stop talking about how wonderful it was. It is called Bananagrams and is a Scrabble-like game with no board. It even comes with its own little banana shaped zip pouch. They said their kids were even able to play it in different languages with local children!

  13. Jenny paulin @ mummy mishaps 04/08/2010 at 11:16 pm #

    Brilliant playtime idea! Love the photo, they look like they had a great time 🙂

  14. Cheryl 05/08/2010 at 12:15 am #

    We just returned from our RTW adventure: our four year old played almost exclusively with scissors (Mom packed in luggage), a set of watercolor paints, and “treasures”/found objects she found along the way! Have fun, and our only advice: Pack less!!

  15. Mirka Moore 05/08/2010 at 9:12 am #

    Brilliant idea 😉

  16. anna 05/08/2010 at 11:24 am #

    I’m obsessing about what to pack for our 3 month trip with a 2.5 year old right now…

  17. Deer Baby 05/08/2010 at 11:41 am #

    That’s so cute! What an inventive use for yesterday’s news!

  18. Caroline 05/08/2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Ha!! I love it. Are they glasses or chin straps? Either way that is super cool. My two aren’t too fussed on toys either, they are big on role play which only needs imagination. You don’t have to pay extra baggage costs for that do you.

  19. Nickie@Typecast 05/08/2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Great photo Vic 😀

  20. bubbleboo 08/08/2010 at 10:23 am #

    That is such a great picture – it certainly looks like there was much fun to be had!

  21. Marina K. Villatoro 10/08/2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Kid’s imagination is amazing so you certainly don’t need much to keep them entertained. That’s a great photo.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 14/08/2010 at 10:08 am #


  22. Tracy Burns 11/08/2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Love the newspaper outfits. That solves my problem of what to do with the kids tomorrow… assuming I have enough sticky tape!

    We’ve just spent the last 6 months backpacking around Asia with our 3 and 5 year old, and are now stopped in Penang for a few months before continuing the trip. I agree with your toy packing list – craft supplies are the best. Crayons, scissors, glue, paper and markers have been played with more than anything. Although tiny toy dinosaurs or animals, a baby, a fairy wand to play pretend magic games with, a pack of cards, dominoes and some toy cars have been pretty handy.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 14/08/2010 at 10:05 am #

      I take those too, lots of tiny toys. I’d love to hear more about your trip, it sounds great.

      • Tracy Burns 17/08/2010 at 5:02 am #

        Would love to share trip stories with you. Our blog is http://ourtravellifestyle.com. We’re in Penang, Malaysia until the end of the year and will then be travelling around Asia again until Easter 2011 before heading back to Australia for a few months and onwards to the US/Canada/Central America. Hopefully our paths will cross somewhere!

        Good luck with the final few months of preparation!


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