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Toys, Products, and Ideas
for Sensory Education
I recently listened to a tape series from Dr. Wayne Dyer, called "The Power of Intention", and was both amazed and
intrigued. He spoke of the different energies around us.  While I wholeheartedly acknowledge that everything in our
universe is made of energy, it had somehow never occurred to me how the different energies of things would affect me
and my family.  I mean, we all know how it feels to be around someone with "low" or "bad" energy.  They are draining
and unpleasant.  They usually try to drag you down as opposed to someone with "high" or "good" energy who leaves
you feeling stimulated, happy, and hopeful.  But have you ever thought about the energy of the
things around you?  
Your furniture, food, clothing, and your children's toys even have energy.  What do you think the difference is between
a plastic, synthetic toy and a wooden or natural cotton toy?  How would the energy of those different toys affect your
kids?  Which would they feel more creative, happy, and inspired with?  When I heard Dr. Dyer speaking about Feng
Shui and surrounding yourself with food, clothing, furniture, and toys that have positive, healthy, high energies, I
realized why people are automatically drawn to wooden and natural toys.  They feel better, not only physically feel
better, but their energy affects how you feel emotionally too.  They are made from live materials and they are all

Since that time, I've slowly weeded out many plastic, battery operated toys from my kids rooms.  Usually while they
were at school or a friend's house!  Honestly, they've never missed a single one.  Like most kids, they have WAY too
many toys anyway, so this was a great chance to get rid of the clutter and low energy at the same time.  I am amazed
at how long the toys they are left with occupy them!  They used to play with each toy for less than 5 minutes and then
they'd be on to something else, always searching for something to satisfy them.  But now, they make forts, they play
house, they build, they dress up, they race cars, they use their imaginations, and they play
together more than
before.  I'll admit there are still some old favorites like Legos and Little People, but I believe in balance and we're
working on it!  See our
Back to Basics page.

Another thing we've done is to create online "wish lists" which are available on many of these natural toy websites
below.  It's the perfect way to let your friends and family know what kinds of toys you prefer and it avoids a trip to the
Goodwill where you donate all the new toys your kids got at Christmas that you really don't want.  Consider suggesting
a donation instead of toys also.  It would send a message to your kids that "stuff" is not what it's all about.  Also see
Attachment Parenting page for more natural parenting choices.
Here are some quotes I've found on natural and wooden toys that I love:

"Wood has amazing characteristics which can be felt when placed in the hand, closing your eyes and just focusing on
the piece of wood. If you then try it with a piece of plastic you will find a different response happens. This little exercise
will show you why wood is a better material for your child to play with, it nurtures the soul of the child."

"Wood is natural and regenerative; it has its own unique texture and grain.  Each wood has a different sound, shade
and weight, it even has its own temperature."

"A wooden rattle comes from nature, from a living thing, and it has a depth to it that synthetic counterparts cannot
match. It is warmer, has more texture, and each piece is unique. Children can sense this difference as they touch and
manipulate the toy."

"Toys that are not detailed encourage active participation on the part of the child. The child has to use her imagination
to “complete” the toy. This also encourages creativity and gives the child an opportunity to make believe endless
possibilities. In addition, there is some evidence these types of play materials develop out-of-the-box thinking and
problem solving skills."
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