Devin Romane June 9, 2021 Kids Toys
My kids don‘t think I was ever a child. I really have very few things to prove that once I was full of imagination and love for toys. What better way to share memories with your children than with toys that are personal to your childhood? I will forever keep a box filled with these items for my grandchildren. I will keep those special collections and dry erase boards filled with pretend lesson plans to prove that their parents used to be cool, fun and filled with imagination.
My children have thousands of toys. Each Christmas, birthday or generic holiday in between grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends load them up with the latest toy fad. One year our son ended up with two dancing Boohbah toys. Who in the world needs two of these creatures? Each year right after Thanksgiving we sit down as a family and decide what we must keep, what we can throw out and what is still okay enough for donation. I will admit I have one child who would toss it all except her dry erase board. The other is so wrapped up in his toys he wants to keep even the tiniest of broken pieces. One thing that we can come to a final agreement on is that there is someone who wants toys that won‘t have any this year and we have an abundance. The other thing we agree on is that the holiday and coming year will bring many new toys for them to enjoy.
The next step is to watch our kids when they play with their toys. We should observe closely if our kids intentionally break their toys. Sometimes, kids do this because they seek attention from us and they see toys as platform to release pent up emotions. Once this is the case, it is better that we spend more quality time with our kids. In some cases, kids‘ toys will get damaged because they played it too much, which is not really bad but if this happens frequent, we should talk to our kids and tell them the value of their toys. It is never too early to teach our children responsibility
When I choose toys for kids, I keep in mind that these will be subject to rough handling, so I choose ones that are made with sturdy material. They must be screwed properly as well, it they are joined together by screws. I choose quality over price as well, because it pays for itself in the long run. I also mend and repair toys at the first sign of damage. My seven year old‘s car toy‘s door got recently detached, and I noticed that he lost interest in it once it got broken. So what I did was just to superglue the door to the car, let it dry overnight, and it was as good as new.
That‘s what you need to remember. Showing kids how to clean and maintain the cleanliness of their room will make them follow this important routine. You also need to make cleaning fun. Make it more like playing than actually cleaning. Have a fun music play in the background, and play with the toys as you go about the cleaning. Tell them stuffs like how dolly likes to stay in the top shelf, and that‘s her permanent place from now. Or how Mr. Cowboy thinks of the toy box as his home, and that he needs to go home right after playing. Things like these will be remembered by your kids, and they wouldn‘t think of cleaning as a chore anymore.
Kids love toys, there‘s no doubt about that. Just to watch the look on their little faces when they are presented with a new toy is worth all the gold on earth. Kid‘s toys are not only for play, toys teach little kids so many things life and are only miniature models of life size items they would have to deal when they are adults. A little boy who loves an electric car might take it apart to see how it works. He could one day become a great mechanical engineer or even a race car driver. A little girl who plays with pots and pans and dolly tea sets might turn out to be good doctor or nurse or even a housewife who knows how to look after her family.
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