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How do you get rid of your kids' toys?

post #1 of 19
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Are you lucky enough to have children who willingly give up their toys when they are no longer interested in them, or do you have children that cling to every single toy, announcing that it's their favorite, even though it hasn't seen the light of day in a year? Unfortunately, I have the latter one. Recently, my dd's given up a small thing or two here and there, but she's got some big toys that never get played with that I want to get rid of. For example, she has a Leap Pad that's been played with 3 times this year (if that) for a grand total of 30 minutes. The only thing she somewhat likes about the Leap Pad is the United States game. Other than that, she never plays with it, but it's her "favorite" toy.

So, if you have a child like mine, what do you do? Do you put the toys up somewhere, leave them for a certain amount of months, and if they don't ask for them then out they go? Or should I try some other approach?
post #2 of 19
Right now I am contemplating going back to the garbage for my sons robot with only 1 foot! He hasnt played with it in a long time but I fear he may notice. I wish I could help you, as I am in the same boat!

Leighann
post #3 of 19
We clean out the kids' stuff when they are not home and they never even notice the missing stuff!!! They always think we just cleaned up! I give alot of stuff to my daycare provider.
post #4 of 19
We usually give things to my neices and nephews as my kids grow out of them, mainly things like baby toys, puzzles and games etc Stuff that I don't give to family I donate to a shelter.
post #5 of 19
Ok well I'm always going through the playroom and weeding it out. Alot of stuff we sell on craigslist and my kids like selling it to make money for something else. Some stuff we donate, especially around Christmas time we clean out my toy closet full of target clearance toys and give it to toys for tots. They love that! We don't have any shelters close or we would take it there. But we do donate to other organizations and they understand it goes to another child who needs it. There has been only one or two toys they actually got upset about. Try talking to her and telling her about how much another little girl would enjoy it b/c she doesn't have many toys....that should bring on a good discussion!
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Originally Posted by Starlite View Post

For example, she has a Leap Pad that's been played with 3 times this year (if that) for a grand total of 30 minutes. The only thing she somewhat likes about the Leap Pad is the United States game. Other than that, she never plays with it, but it's her "favorite" toy.

That was the favorite game on our leap pad too - all the freakin books they were given (by us and others), and they liked the one book it came with (but I admit the state game is fun and helped both my DSs learn their geography!)

But what I do is put toys that haven't been played with "away" and maybe a few months later bring them out - they play with it again for maybe a day watch and it usually goes unplayed with again so then I will give it away. It has only been in the last year (now they are 8) that they agree the toys they don't play with anymore should go to others. We just gave away our thomas trains (way more $$ invested in those than I care to admit!) they had since they were 2 to my cousin's son and it was totally my DSs idea. He decided he had played with them enough and doesn't play with them anymore so Matthew would like it now that he is 2. Shocker, but I am very proud of him for that. So, I guess it starts getting easier.....
post #7 of 19
My 8 ye old DS can be good at getting rid of things sometimes. We have had a garage sale the last several years so I 'bribed' him by saying that he could have some of the money from selling his toys to buy a new toy. That was good motivation. I find that I have to really sit and go through things with him to get him to get rid of things. I have tried just sending him in his room and telling him to go through stuff to get rid of but that doesn't work with him.

I personally don't like the idea of getting rid of things behind my son's back. I want him to have some say in it.
post #8 of 19
When my son goes to his dad for the weekend, its the perfect time to do some cleaning in his room. I got rid of some stuff he was just too old for and threw out the broken things.
He never noticed. Plus he is always getting new toys.
post #9 of 19
What is the united states game from Leap pad? What is the book actually called? TIA
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What is the united states game from Leap pad? What is the book actually called? TIA

It was in the book that came with the leap pad - it is towards the back and it is a geography game of sorts. We like to play the game on the map and try to "guess" the states in a certain amount of time, and it will give you hints if you guess wrong. Both my boys know all the states because of this game!! We would challenge each other (DH and I got a handicap, but soon didn't really need it!)
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