Please be aware – this text was written a few Hanukkah undertaking however actually applies to Christmas or anytime that includes children (particularly if it is a toys time).

A number of years in the past, as my youngsters began to debate what Hanukkah presents they thought they want, I took a take a look at all of the video games and toys that they already had. Now, my children actually aren’t exceptionally spoiled, however one way or the other we personal tons of toys. In the event you think about birthdays, holidays and visits from their grandparents, who dwell out of city, and multiply that by 5 children, you are speaking a variety of new toys yearly. How typically will we throw out a toy or give one away? Definitely not on the fee they had been coming into the home.

Toys are sometimes a mum or dad’s fantasies of how some day their youngsters will depart the pc and return to healthful taking part in like we grew up with. To children, toys are one thing to hoard. They’ll “by no means” eliminate something. So, toys are collected and picked up.

With a fast psychological kind I discovered that our toys fell into 5 classes:

1 — Toys our youngster actually likes and performs with typically — Hold these, there aren’t too many.

2 — Toys our youngster would possibly play with about as soon as a month — Eliminate them, as soon as a month by no means occurs.

three — Toys our youngster used to love. Now they simply sit on the shelf — Eliminate them, they’re simply amassing mud. The following youngster won’t ever play along with his sibling’s hand–me–down toys.

four — Toys we thought our youngster ought to play with. Toys which can be ducational, artistic or the kind we had cherished as youngsters — Eliminate them, get actual!

5 — Toys that had been virtually new — principally those grandparents had introduced — Eliminate them, however first take an image to ship Grandma

We needed to discover a strategy to eliminate some toys earlier than the vacation inflow, however how?

Then I had a brainstorm. We’ll have a “Toy Swap”. Commerce these “mud amassing” toys for ones which may peak the youngsters’s curiosity. The neighbor’s toys all the time look higher than yours do. And it is simpler to throw out or give away swapped for toys, later once you bore of them. As soon as I instructed my children they had been swapping, and they might get new toys instead of outdated ones, we managed to refill two massive cartons with toys.

I bought my good friend, Shoshana, to work on this undertaking with me and we made it a Synagogue exercise for Hanukkah.

We distributed fliers to all of the mother and father explaining the thought of the toy swap and the principles. All toys had been welcome. The one rule was that the toy needed to be in first rate situation. No items lacking. No automobiles with out wheels. No bears with out ears. No ripped books…

The toys got here by the boxfulls — I suppose I wasn’t the one mum or dad with too many toys.

We marked the containers so that we might know who they got here from. Then we sorted the toys into 4 classes placing coloured stickers on every toy:

Purple — Good boxed video games

Inexperienced — Massive child toys (we gave excessive rank since individuals introduced model new child toys that that they had gotten as child items), puzzles, very massive toys (pottery wheel, electrical trains, racing automobiles…)

Yellow — Easy toys — Stuffed animals, books, discs, CD’s, balls, automobiles, vehicles, dolls…

Crimson — Very small, low-cost toys — little automobiles, motion figures — we allowed virtually something

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