I am very dissapointed in the toys of this world. I love natural toys, they are what I am drawn to, and would like my son to be surrounded by. All hail the natural toy. I am with you on this one, but..... my son needs a little boost as do many other children of this world. I have learned so much through the 1.5 years I have been with my incredible son. I have learned I may have created a narrow view of what a perfect home/learning/developmental environment should be. Perfect is not real.
The thing is this world is not perfect. All children do not develop the same, and some children need extra boosts to help them develop. Some children, believe it or not, do not follow the "norm". There is no norm. So here it my new perfect. Perfect is whatever my son needs to help him develop in a happy, healthy manner. How he develops will direct my new perfect.
I hate plastic, but thank you cookie monster pushy button thingy toy that helped my son graduate from occupational therapy when he came home from Kazakhstan. Thank you really annoying Dora the Explorer pusshy button thing that my neighbor gave me because you helped my son learn what it means to take turns. Thank you little plastic stacky cups that my sister gave me to take with me to Kazakshtan because you were my son's favorite toy, and organic lamb baby sorry, you are so perfect with your organic cloth and cute smile, you were tossed aside.
The little guy at his orphanage who learned to crawl from the enticement of these cups.
I would love any toy ideas that you all might have for us. What is your perfect toy? Natural, plastic (ick but the new perfect right!), whatever. What has helped your child develop into the superhuman that they are today?