Making Toys Count by Christine Satterfield

Before I had my son, I knew nothing about children. I never had siblings or cousins to “practice” on and babysitting wasn’t my thing. So the first time I walked into the big baby warehouse with my husband I was floored! Who knew babies needed so much stuff?

Well, I’ve since found out that children don’t need much. Diapers, clothes, a lot of love, and — if you don’t have empty boxes and plastic containers around — a few toys will keep them occupied for hours.

Picking out toys for our children, though, can be quite cumbersome. If you frequent one of the big toy warehouses you may know all too well the temptation to buy every single toy in the store. Even trips to the consignment sale and discount store can tempt you into buying more than needed, because the toys are such a good deal! Toys are tricky. As parents, we want to provide our children with every opportunity to learn, but we don’t want to overwhelm them with so many choices that they don’t even know where to begin.

I’ve decided to be quite choosy with the toys my son has at home. The toybox isn’t overflowing, so we try to be very purposeful with the toys he has to play with. The goal is for each toy to help instill the Word of God in his heart and reinforce the principles and stories of the Bible.

Instead of choosing a cartoon coloring book, I’ll choose one with a Bible story theme. Instead of letting him watch cartoons on TV, I’d rather he watch something like VeggieTales. When he’s learning shapes, we’ll choose the toy pictured here most often so he can hear the story of Noah’s ark.

Being choosy with toys won’t necessarily ensure that our children will grow up to love God with all their heart, soul and strength. But I want to utilize every opportunity to teach my son (and future children) about God and His Word. I want to live out Deuteronomy 6:5-9 and literally repeat His Word to my children, talk about it when we sit in our house, walk along the road, when we lie down, and when we get up.

Christine Satterfield loves Jesus, her family, and the church. She spends as much time as possible playing with her son, and she’s constantly cleaning his toys. You can find out how she cleans them on her blog iDreamofClean as well as learn other household cleaning tips and tricks for the busy mom.

Originally published October 10, 2010.

Calafant Toys — Fun and Eco-friendly!


Looking for a great goodie bag gift for your child’s party? Or a fun activity that also is eco-friendly? Check out the small Calafant kits that let kids build and decorate their own toy — dinosaurs, houses, race cars, steamers, fire trucks, and more. Each toy is easy to build and comes with 6 high-quality markers. It’s a wonderful party activity, and children get to play with their very own toy at the party and take it home.

DSC05627_Colins_Dino_web-150x112.jpgAll Calafant toys are made from recycled cardboard, and they are, of course, biodegradable. Parents can choose either just one style depending on the theme of the party (i.e. for a dinosaur party, every child gets a dinosaur) or mix and match nine different styles.

Visit to see these eco-friendly treasures. These sell for $6.99 for one toy or $53 for the party pack including 9 toys. Available at and select retailers listed on the Web site. All toys are lead-free, non-toxic and safe for play.

Do you have some great toys that you would recommend? Share with us and other parents by posting!