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Helping Children Manage Their Toys
Wow, kids today certainly do have a lot of toys.
Big toys, little toys, games and sets with tons of pieces... many
of our children have so many toys that it can be difficult to walk
through a room after a busy day of play. While children should
learn to pick up their toys to avoid injury to other family
members and to avoid losing toys, the task can be a bit
overwhelming, especially for little ones.
There are some ways to make things easier. First,
a large toy box should only be used for large toys. If all the
toys go into the box, your children will likely empty the entire
toy box looking for specific items. Instead, keep sets with lots
of pieces, or small items like Lego's or Matchbox Cars, in smaller
containers. Even if you then place the smaller containers into the
toy box, at least everything is separated. Your children can
simply remove the box that contains the items he or she wants to
play with, and return everything to the proper container when
finished playing. It makes for neater rooms, happier moms and
dads, and happier children because they won't lose important items
Another step is to help children get into the
habit of putting away one thing before getting anything else out.
If he or she is done playing Lego's, they should all be picked up
before your child brings out another toy or game. It will take
some effort on your part at first. You will need to remind your
child often, but soon things will become much more organized.