Dennise Maëlle June 3, 2021 Kids Toys
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.
I also got my dad to make another toy chest, light blue this time, with the kids name stenciled on the lid. I also had some photos of them tucked inside, and on the chest are the same compartments which made it seem as if the toys had their own ”rooms” which I used to enjoy so much. Now my kids also look forward to storing their toys after playtime as I used to when I was a kid! My kids also know that they will only receive new toys during a handful of special occasions, namely on their birthdays, after the school year ends, and during Christmas. I rarely give them toys on impulse, so they know that they have to take care of the toys that they have at hand. It might sound frugal, but more than that I believe that the children get a bigger lesson on responsibility by employing these techniques.
It‘s a fact that the life expectancy of kids toys are short but we have to face the reality; with the high pricing cost of basic commodities nowadays it is really not practical for us to buy toys frequently to replace broken ones. It is therefore important that we teach our kids how to maintain their toys. We know that at one point those toys will be broken but what we could do is to extend the life span of those toys.
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
The first step is typically the hardest ‐ examining each and every toy available. The goal here is to determine which toys are usually used by the kids so you can separate the frequently used ones (and store the others that aren‘t). Apart from being a keen observer during your child‘s playtime, it will help a lot if you talk to your kids. Ask them about their favorite toys and let them determine stuff that they‘re willing to let go or give away. Aside from being able to minimize the clutter, this can also be an exercise to teach the kids about the value of giving toys to others, as well as weighing which ones are more important and valuable.
Aside from giving out to charitable institutions, you can also opt to give the toys to other children that are younger than your child. You can ask your kids to trade seldom‐used toys with their playmates, or organize a garage sale with the help of the kids. When it comes to storing stuff, on the other hand, you need to remember that kids generally use the whole house during playtime. This is why it‘s ideal to organize storage spaces in each room for easy access. For bedrooms, for instance, you can allocate a closet that will be easily accessible to your children. This is to allow them to get and keep their toys without having to ask for help every time. Apart from utilizing low‐level cabinets, you can also keep toys in boxes and bins you can put under the bed.
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