HOLIDAY BLUES? Here’s the secret to making old toys seem exciting again!
Today, I want to share a little secret with you on how to make old toys seem exciting again.
Is your child constantly telling you that they are bored? Or do they only seem to play with their toys for one or two minutes? Maybe you have a feeling of your child being ungrateful or you feel that are being a spoiled brat. Their toys never seem to be enough and they never seem to be happy with their toys.
Ms. G’s top tip is TOY ROTATION.
I am sure that many of you have a playroom filled with all the toys in the world. Go to your local dollar store or department store and get some containers or boxes to organize the toys. Organize the toys into categories, such as arts & crafts, puzzles, soft toys, educational toys, etc. Put them into separate boxes and label them. Keep these organized boxes in a specific area of your home. Weekly, you will bring out different toys and remove the old toys from the playroom. This might sound like a mammoth task, but I can promise you that it is not.
Parents want their children to be able to play alone and occupy themselves so that they can get on with housework and tasks. It’s time to get real. If you want this, you have to do the work and put in the effort.
First, you have to teach your child how to play by themselves. Set them up with the activities and show them how to do it and then the next time they can do it by themselves. Rotate the toys. Bring out different types of toys from your organized boxes at different times of the week and remember to remove the old toys.
Once you get the hang of this you will really be able to reap the benefits. Your child will be able to sit down and occupy themselves, depending on their age, for 15 to 30 minutes, maybe even longer. But it is up to YOU to put in the effort first.
Toy rotation is your friend. Let me know how it goes!