Among all the preparations we need to do to the house, building a ‘toy box’ is one of them. It’s not really on the required checklist for home visits and I’m pretty sure we aren’t going to get denied because of it, but common sense tells me that if a foster child comes to our home they probably aren’t going to be bringing many items AND what I consider fun in our house isn’t really what a child would consider fun. So, we need to be prepared. . As part of the foster/adoptive application process, they do ask what ages we are willing to take…we said newborn to 12. Because we don’t know exactly the age or gender of the child(ren) we could potential welcome in our home, that’s quite a range of toys to prepare for.
I’ve got a few things on had just from having friend’s kids come over, but it’s mostly infant/toddler age items. If I could find some items that would span the ages even better. Legos and blocks are at the top of my list. I’m especially curious about older kiddos, it’s pretty easy for me to pick stuff out for infants and toddlers, but I’m a little overwhelmed by the action figures, dolls, trains, etc. I just need the basics right now and can expand as children come into our home.
What are favorite toys in your house? What should I have on hand?