Ready or not, Christmas is coming and when you have kids, that means toys!
Toys from grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends. There are just so many!
And you know, it’s a lot of fun. We don’t tell our family and friends not to get our kids toys because they enjoy giving our kids toys and its a lot of fun.
Christmas time can feel overwhelming because of all the toys that your children receive.
You may be wondering,
“How am I supposed to deal with so many toys? How do I tame toy overload?”
Here are a few key things you can do to deal with all those toys!
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Go Through the Current Toys Before Christmas
Now is a good time to make room for the new toys that will be coming your kid’s way. Depending on how old your child is he or she can be apart of the process.
My 4 1/2 year old son is able to comprehend what we are doing, so he helps me go through his toys. However, my 15 month old daughter has no clue. 🙂
We divide toys into the following categories:
- keep and continue to play with right now
- rest and pack up to play with in a few months
- donate to someone else
- throw away (broken toys)
My four year old is actually pretty good at going through his toys. He knows which toys he plays with often. I don’t make a big deal about the amount that he chooses to keep, rest, or donate.
That way he doesn’t view it as a painful process of giving his toys away. He gets to feel empowered.
Open One Toy at a Time on Christmas
If you aren’t careful, your home may look like a toy explosive went off on Christmas. Kids get so excited and want to open every single toy all at the same time.
But let your child choose one toy at a time and play with that one for a while before opening another.
You may even put some toys up in a closet shelf for awhile. That way they are out of sight. Then pull out a new toy each day or week after Christmas Day.
A helpful rule that we follow is “If you are done playing with one toy, put it away before getting out a new toy.”
Most of the time that works!
Find a Place for Every Single New Toy
Your kids will never put the toys away if they don’t know where the toys belong. If your kids’ rooms always seem messy and they have a hard time picking up their toys, it may mean the toys don’t have a specific place to go.
Make sure your children know where to put all those new toys.
It will take some time and intention, but spend a little time organizing the toys and making sure they all have a home.
- put like toys together in bins
- clearly label the bins
- set aside duplicate toys
You may find at this time, you need to go through the toys again. I actually go through my kids’ toys before and after Christmas. If they got duplicate toys, we can get rid of or rest one of them.
If you implement these key strategies, you will find that your children enjoy their new toys even more and actually play with them longer!
All the new toys at Christmas isn’t just overwhelming for you as a parent, it is overload for kids too. Help them navigate all those toys by limiting the overwhelm and focusing on one at a time.
Then intentionally adding them to the rest of the toys.
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