I recently saw a reel on Instagram where a mom packed all the toys away in her home except for magnet tiles & animal figurines. And her kids didn't complain about it! It almost seemed like they didn't even notice. What happened was that played better together, cleaned up without complaint, & were more creative in how they played!
Being a family with 4 kids, we have accumulated A LOT of toys over the almost 11 years of having children. A few years ago, I ruthlessly minimized our toys, especially as we prepared to move from Maryland to New Hampshire. But now that we have a dedicated play space that is out of sight & I have not been very disciplined about the toys. I've gone through them to throw away broken pieces, but I haven't been as ruthless as I once was. My excuse has been that I want to have a variety of toys for when we have families come over who have kids. What we've ended up with is an overwhelming amount of stuff & even my kids struggle to enjoy their playroom when it's in that state. They end up playing with non-toy items like popsicle sticks & pillows & blankets!
I might have to do a post about minimizing it in a few weeks, but for now, I just need to stop the flow of stuff!
Do you have this problem? Your kids are already overwhelmed with toys, but then they have a birthday & get more. Your family members ask for ideas & you can't think of good, non-toy ideas to give them!
Here are some things that I've been looking at to use as gifts for upcoming birthdays. I've also included a few Amazon affiliate links to get you started.
I promise this is not an ANTI-TOY post & if you buy my kid a toy I promise that I won't immediately throw it in the trash! I'll wait until you're gone, of course! KIDDING!
BUT when you know that a kid has a lot of toys & you'd like to find them something unique, pin this post for some helpful ideas!
And, while you're here, leave a comment of the favorite gifts that you like to give!
Cheering you on as always!
Other gift guides I've shared recently that might be helpful:
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