• This entry was posted in Toys on March 27, 2018

  • As kids grow, their interests and abilities change and grow. If you've ever looked at your child's toys, you've probably noticed. With springtime in full bloom, it’s a great opportunity to finally get those cleaning tasks done that have waited all winter. This is a good time to go through the indoor and outdoor toys and pick out the toys your child has outgrown or never uses.


    There are many factors to help you to decide which toys should stay and which ones should go. Remember that any toys your children are attached to – even if they don't play with them anymore – could cause a forlorn whine when you suggest that it's time for the toy to go. You'll need to decide whether to tell them it's time to clean out the toys or to do it yourself when they're not around. Either way, getting things organized is the first step. Corral the indoor toys, and track down the ones used for outdoor play. If they're scattered and disorganized, find a better way to store them in bins, shelves and boxes.


    Now comes Step Two which is deciding which ones should stay and which ones should go. Separate all of the toys into three piles: keepers, giveaways and lost causes. The keepers may need to be cleaned up for more playtime or passed on to a younger sibling. Toys that you won't be keeping for any of your children can go to charity or a friend's kids. There are some toys that aren't fit for any child of any age. Games and toys with missing or broken pieces are the best candidates for the discard pile for lost causes. Recycle what you can, and appropriately dispose of the rest.


    Here are a few key areas to consider when deciding:



    Kids naturally lose interest in toys that are geared towards a younger developmental stage. If they haven't been used in more than a year, your child has lost interest.



    Lack of interest isn't the only indicator that your child has outgrown certain toys. Ride-on toys that no longer fit your child's arm's reach or can't be adjusted to the right foot-pedal length are too small to use. Put these toys away for another child to use if they're still in good condition. If you don't have other kids or close family friends, these can be donated to charity.



    The favorite toys receive the most attention. They sometimes have that loved-worn look about them, like the teddy bear with a missing eye and a shriveled arm. If a toy is still in good condition to play with safely, put it in the keeper pile or the giveaway pile. Otherwise, it's time for it to go away. You may want to put collectibles and the top favorites into a bag in the attic for when your children are grown and will appreciate them once more.


    Outgrowing toys is part of growing up. While it's sad to see some toys go away with spring cleaning, they can sometimes go to a happier place. It's always a good idea to take time to get organized and make room for more age-appropriate toys.