I have a three year old girl and we were doing fine with her toys with clear plastic boxes until her brother came along (he is now two). To ease the picking-up process when he was smaller I photographed all the toys that went in each plastic box separately. I then TAPED the appropriate PICTURE to the box where it belonged. No more excuses, now even friends can place toys in their appropriate box and it prevents the kids from opening all the boxes to find THAT toy.
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I started this when my children were little. They would fill bags of toys they didn't play with and leave them for Santa. Santa would give them to other children that wanted the toys. The more toys they put under the tree, the more toys Santa would bring them. Once they went to sleep, the bags went in my trunk and down the street to a Salvation Army donation box. It got rid of unused toys every year.
I'm Thankful for Sparkpeople and that I have lost 93lbs and I am no longer pre-diabetic. So many American children are in need this season...so dont forget to buy a toy tommorrow and donate to Toys For Tots... The Toys For Tots drive runs until Saturday December 17th...drop off a new toy at your local post office or drop off center. If you havent made a donation to your local food bank..do that too...not only will it make you feel good, you'll fill someone's tummy at Xmas! God Bless Everyone
When purchasing toys for the kids let them know that when they get a new toy they have to give away an old toy (or more if you really have an over-abundance to start with). This keeps the toy pile from getting too far out of hand. Works with clothes as well. 343
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