Tools Not Toys

Toys, toys, toys…  They are everywhere! Toys, games, computers digital hand-held devices; with a growing concern that computer screens are hard on eyes, especially during development, we must look for alternatives. If they don’t have their computer games then we are faced with resistance and the complaint of boredom. What does a parent do?

Hold tight and know that the resistance and complaining is simply about the change and the child not wanting to give up what is familiar to him. If you allow yourself and your children to get to the other side of boredom there is great creativity to be experienced. Boredom sparks creativity. If the mind is not stimulated and allowed to wonder, the natural process is to start creating.

By purchasing for them tools instead toys you will be engaging their minds instead of entertaining them.  It will not only be more fun but will benefit their entire development rather than the numbing results of entertainment.

Remember, you can go as small or as big as you want with these projects while helping the little ones. Older children can have the freedom of exploring to their hearts content. Be more of a mentor, allowing them to work through it and letting them discuss the process, rather than telling them each step and how they should do it. The more they teach themselves and go through the logical thought process the easier they will function through their whole life.

Here are a few TOOLS FOR CHILDREN ideas. The entire comprehensive list can be found in my upcoming book, The New Educator’s Mind.

  • Child size broom, mop, dust pan, duster, little spray bottle for water…
  • Child size kitchen utensils like rolling pin, smaller bowls, little cake pans, small hand juicer, apple slicer, banana slicer, …
  • Tool box with hammer, nails, screw driver, screws, wrench, nuts and bolts, and wood.
  • Blueprints for small building projects.
  • Wood burning tools and supplies.
  • Flower press and supporting craft supplies to use flowers pressed in stationary, bookmarks,…
  • Lacing cards, wooden beads and laces, French Knitting Flower (Corker), Potholder Loom, Peg Loom for weaving, …
  • Telescope, periscope, microscope, binoculars, and magnifying glass.
  • Stationary and papers with stickers, shape cutting scissors, rubber stamps and special writing tools. Pen pals are still great fun for kids. There’s no email or social network that can replace a beautiful letter.
  • Child friendly tape recorder or record-able device; they can listen to books on tape, make their own book on tape, or even make their own radio program on tape or Dad, Mom, or grandparents can make books on tape or tell stories they want to pass on.
  • Lots of cardboard boxes and tape to make things. Kids will let toys lay for days while building cardboard creations.
  • As they get older keep in mind something that they can use for their life like an art program, supplies to make something whether she’s a baker and could use a baking stone or new bread pans or a seamstress can always use supplies and tools as well as more serious carpenter tools for a young man. Invest in their capability to advance themselves.

Keep focus on that which gives life, encourages others and includes loving kindness.  Your goal is not purely academic but actually nurturing the heart of the child.  If you keep this in the forefront in everything you do, the light of success will shine on your efforts and your children.  Inspiration is always there waiting for you to open the door and let it in.  Choose in your every moment to live inspired and to have an inspiring home.


Be inspired to love more, live more and learn more.

What do your children like to play the most? Please share by leaving a comment below.

About Donna Vail

Donna Vail, Education and Parenting Specialist, is founder of An Inspired Education and the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle, the proven step-by-step program dedicated to maximizing the success in the human potential through homeschooling and life mastery for the entire family. She creates educational programs for homeschool children, “after-school” study programs for public schooled children and personal development for moms, while homeschooling her five children. Get free tips and resources from Donna Vail at:


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