Yesterday, little man and I did something we haven’t done in a while because last week it had been so nice outside. We played in his room. He has so MANY toys that we really try and get him to play with each one. Need ways to get kids to play with their toys? I am glad you asked because I think it is a VERY fool proof and quite a nifty trick if I do say so myself. Number one: After 2-3 weeks take all and I mean ALL of his toys out and put them into the center of a room (usually the living room since it is so large & his bedroom).
We sort them into three piles. “Toss” (usually broken or toys with missing parts) pile, “keep” pile and “sell” pile. Once sorted we take all the toys that were down stairs and move them upstairs into his room and take the toys that were in his room down into the downstairs. Why? This creates a new visual appeal to these toys. They are taken out and moved around, letting him see one’s he may have forgotten. I also want to suggest sorting the toys when they(your kids) are not around to eliminate any break downs. After doing this once you will see a huge difference. Less toys overall (because you are sorting them every few weeks) more space and your children will actually play with all of their toys instead of only a few. Why pay money for toys they barely use?
He just loves all of his toys. I am sure I will have to critique this shifting and sorting as he grows older. I also hope he doesn’t destroy his toys but I know that day will come. As children you just cannot understand how many hours you have to work to pay for those toys they throw around. He also wanted me to show everyone his “cool” hoodie! He loves this hoodie and boy does he loves showing it off to people.
Does your child have a favorite toy? Did you enjoy my ways to get kids to play with their toys?
Do they play with all of their toys??