What kid doesn’t love getting new toys? A new toy means a
new friend, endless fun, and exciting adventures during playtime.
But if your child gets new toys fairly often, you might
start to see their old toys pile up in the corner, collecting dust as they sit
there feeling unloved and forgotten. But instead of letting these toys take up
space, try these seven ideas for old toys to help make room for the new!
1. Donate to Charity
Altruism is one of the greatest ways to make the world a
better place, and there is no better method than by making another child happy.
If your kids have toys lying everywhere around the house, suggest that you
donate them to charities for other, less privileged children. Your kids will
love the idea of helping!
2. Find a New Purpose
Not all of your children’s toys have only one purpose in
their existence. If there are unused playthings lying around, think about other
locations in which they could be of service. Some plastic toys can turn into
flower pots, wooden blocks can be used as paperweights, and virtually every
small item can be converted into a holiday ornament that hangs throughout your
3. Give to Friends
and Family Members
Letting things sit and gather dust is a serious waste of
their purpose. Instead of letting your kids’ old toys sit unused, ask your
friends and extended family members if they have children that would enjoy
similar items during playtime. This is a good way to do a good deed while keeping
the love in your family and inner circle.
4. Garage Sale
Wouldn’t a little bit of extra cash be nice? If you have
some old children’s toys to sell, try having a garage sale to net yourself some
money for things in the future. And when the big weekend rolls around, you can have
your kids join in the fun by helping set up and dealing with customers.
5. List Online
With the advent of websites like Freecycle and Craigslist,
you can now go online and offer up your kids’ old toys to individuals that truly
need them yet can’t afford new items of their own. Plus, with these sites you
can give them away locally so you won’t have to deal with any shipping or
6. Offer Them Up to a
Often you will find yourself with old toys that you don’t need
anymore, simply because your children have outgrown them. Don’t let the fun
end, though – offer to donate them to a local nursery or daycare so that other
youngsters can still enjoy the toys as they grow and develop during playtime.
If you have a lot of plastic toys, then there’s one great
place you can eventually put them – the recycle bin. Recycling old plastic toys
gives you hope that they will one day be made into a new item for another
youngster for playtime.
There are also currently organizations, such as Happens Toy
Lab in Cincinnati, that will accept old toys for recycling purposes, and give
children the opportunity to build new ones out of the old parts. Consider
supplying your old toys to a purpose such as this.
Out With the Old…In
With the New!
Your children may be wary of getting rid of old toys, but at
some point in time you will need to eliminate the clutter from your home. And
when you do, you can remind your kids that as the old toys are removed, new
toys are waiting just around the corner!