How To Get Your Kids to Play With All of Their Christmas Toys
& Getting Your Kids to Actually Play with Them
We all know what it’s like at Christmas time. Absolutely everyone spoils your children, buying them more than they could ever possibly need.
No matter how many times you tell people not to buy too much, they still do. And while it can be overwhelming, you can’t really complain about the generousity of your family or friends.
Even when, no matter how many cool new toys your child receives, all they want to do is play with the boxes and the wrapping paper!
But thankfully, with a little bit of thought, you can help your kids get the most use out of their new gifts.
Space It Out & Follow Their Lead
Firstly, it’s ok to let them play with the boxes and the wrapping paper. It’s a great use of their imagination and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, they all seem to love it.
But when your kids are done with the packaging it’s important not to overload them with everything at the same time. They don’t need to play with 5 dolls, a kitchen, a truck and lego all at once.
Follow their lead and let them play with whatever they want to, even if it’s just one or two things. If something interests them, let them play with it and don’t force the other ones on them.
The other toys will still be there in the days and weeks (and even months) to come.
Move Out The Old & Maximise Storage
If you’re like me you have some toys in the lounge room/play area and others in their bedroom, and then others that just sit in the cupboard. Make room for the new toys by moving out some of the old ones, especially ones that aren’t really played with anymore.
Having too many toys in one area can overwhelm your kids and make them not want to play with any of them. By moving out the old toys you create space for your kids to play with the new ones.
If you store toys in boxes or buckets, or on shelves, be mindful not to pack too much into one space. Again this can be overwhelming and your kids might never look to see what is at the bottom of a box. Keep your shelves, boxes or storage buckets fairly empty. Everything that’s stored should be easily seen and easily accessible, especially for little hands.
Keep Things Interesting & Age-Appropriate
Kids play with what they see and can quickly get bored of things. So change it around. Refresh their toys regularly – whether it’s every couple of weeks, every month, or whatever works best for you.
Also, not all of the toys your child receives at Christmas will be age appropriate. If they’re not old enough for something, store it away until they are. If they’re not interested in something straight away, store it away and pull it out later. Their interests change so quickly and you can use that to help them get the most out of their new toys.
Lastly, don’t stress about things too much. Kids will be kids and you shouldn’t have to force their play time. And if they receive something that they don’t use at all, then you can always regift it or lend it to a friend who can put it to better use.