I don’t know about you, but whenever I go to the store I am always struck by how many new toys have come out in the week since I’ve been. They never stop making them, and kids—surprise, surprise—never stop wanting them. I have always said that one advantage of not having cable is that my children don’t see as many toy commercials. I see the beauty of this every time they stay with their grandparents and come home wanting new things. Unfortunately, kids don’t understand that money comes in a limited supply (or, at least my three year old and fourteen month old don’t) and not many of us can afford to buy every toy our child wants. And even if we could, would we want to?
Around here we have a different approach: instead of buying new toys, we make old toys seem new. We do this by hiding them. I keep a box of “old” toys on the washing machine, ones that my kids loved but have stopped playing with. Then, every so often I pull them out and the girls clamor to the box and rediscover their old toys. They think Christmas has come early, and it is so much fun watching their excitement as they have fun all over again with an old favorite.
This is the perfect time to prepare my box for some new additions!