So your child has outgrown his toys. There just doesn’t seem to be enough space in his room for his birthday gift toys. How about the basement or attic? Is there space there to pack up and store his toys?
Rather than going the “hoarders” route or the “wasteful throw it away” path, how about trying the recycle option? Are you aware that there are Bulk Glow Sticks Wholesale children who would love to play with your child’s discarded toys? Your child’s old toys are another child’s new toys! Of course, this article refers to your child’s toys that are in good, playable condition, not broken. While these toys are used, they are also in a condition which will allow them to be used again. I am not referring to broken toys, Trucks with two wheels missing, dolls with limbs missing, or puzzles with pieces missing do not qualify!
Once you identify that your child no longer plays with a particular toy, why not take advantage of this occasion to encourage your child to be generous by donating the toy to a good cause? You might be pleasantly surprised to find that your child will be more than willing to part with an outgrown toy, knowing that other little girls and boys would be delighted to receive the toy. Your child might actually come to you on his own and let you know of other toys he’d like to share with other children.
So, now that you have an outgrown toy (or better yet, a pile of outgrown toys!) where do you donate it/them?
Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Other Charity Stores
When you give to an organization like Goodwill or Salvation Army, you are almost giving twice! You not only get the satisfaction of knowing that your child’s toy is going to be enjoyed by another child, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing that the charity employs people to run the organization.
Of course, the public library system is a great place for children to be exposed to books. But did you know that many libraries also have “toy check-outs”? These toy check-outs work the same way book check-outs work. And they are great, free ways for your child to experience new toys and puzzles. Donating your child’s toy to your local library is great even if your library doesn’t have a toy check-out. Your library probably has a children’s section which has a toy box of some sort.
A great way to recycle your child’s unwanted toys is to donate them to the children’s ward at your local hospital. When children are in the hospital for long or short stays, it’s always nice for them to have access to new (to them!) toys.