We have too much stuff. There is a constant battle in our household over toys that sit in the closet and the ones that they play with over and over. This battle involves me wanting to clear that closet and my boys need to keep just in case they want to play with it one day.
The toys that tend to survive my regular purges don’t have any particular theme to them - except for one. They are toys that have many uses and allow for many possibilities.
There was a lack of open-ended toys when our boys were much younger. Even the blocks were meant to be stacked a certain order. There were many battery operated toys, puzzles, or trains with tracks that were meant to do just that one thing. Our boys almost never “followed the instructions” with these toys. Almost never did they play with the toys as they were meant.
We have always wanted our boys to have memorable play experiences - indoors or out. But it is difficult to stick to that considering the choices we had in the toy market place. We’ve learned that simplicity is key. Buy less, play more is our intention and challenge to ourselves as parents.
Over the years, we’ve found that our kids just thrive being outdoors as well. As adults, being outdoors in our local nature areas reminds us of our own childhood. We are constantly reminded of the connection between play, nature and imagination.
We launched Water and Lightning in the hopes that we can provide toys that have no rules. Toys that provide the kind of play that is only limited by the range of your child’s imagination. Our pebbles, sticks and stones are our simple and humble invitation to play.
Come play with us!