Our 3 year old is a collector. She loves to have bags, boxes, and baskets filled with little stuff. She also loves to read. Of course we encourage this...usually.
All of these things that she collects she also likes to have in bed. That just won't work. I don't want a mountain of toys and books on her bed with no room for her. I have started a new bedtime rule. She is allowed four items on her bed, other than her special blanket. She has a special teddy bear that was given to her when her brother was born. So Teddy is always a given (but a toy, so he must be counted). Sometimes LeapFrog's My Pal Violet is included in the four items. (E also loves his Scout, and we definitely recommend these for a one year old!)
She also has a book called Friends "written" by Sissy that she got in a special blog swap. You can meet Sissy at Academy at Thousand Oaks. Friends often included. She also has three other favorite books right now. (Next week they will change.) Interestingly, two are by Richard Scary, but only one of them is the standard "Busytown" book-Humperdink's Busy Day. The other Scary book is his version of The Gingerbread Man. The other favorite is Little Monsters Neighborhood.
Then there are the miscellaneous toys and books that find their way to the bed. But those listed above are the ones that she has the hardest time deciding which four to include. Teddy is always included.
How do you limit toys on the bed or don't you? Am I crazy to do this? I do love that M reads by herself at nap time and bed time (after we have read to her already). I just don't want a mountain of toys...I figure if she is this bad at age 3, how awful could it get by age 5?!
Children's Christmas Letter Printable - Throughout the year as my children "Ooo and ah" over commercials or their friends' toys, I suggest that they place the item on their wish list. This helps...