Hi Kate, I stumbled across your blog somewhere and have been very inspired. I have a pretty basic question, and would love your thoughts. I have two boys, ages and 14 months. We have a large dedicated playspace with lots of light and natural bookshelves and baskets. Our toys though! Other than some wooden blocks and puzzles our toys are plastic, plastic, plastic. Fisher price, Thomas the train, toys r us type stuff. How do I transition to more natural materials like yours? In the past when I set up small areas with open ended natural materials they just get ignored! Would you truly recommend I toss all the plastic toys? Is there a certain type of material that my year old train loving, block building boy might naturally gravitate towards? And how do you address choking hazards? My youngest has some delays so does need some of these plastic toys, and also puts everything in his mouth.
Would love your thoughts on how to compromise with what we have and what you do!