This is one phrase that drives me bonkers! When I hear it, I look up and sitting in a pile of toys is my four year old and I think “How on EARTH can you be bored when half of Toys R Us is sitting in your playroom?” But alas, it is true.
So, when I started to hear this phrase a couple of years ago, I began to work on a couple of solutions to the problem. The easiest one is what my daughter calls “Toy Switch Around.” This is simple.
One day, when I was cleaning the toy room, I noticed that my children had tons of toys. Many that they didn’t even play with. I realized, by observing, that if the toy they never touched was put into a different location, suddenly it was new and exciting. Then it hit me – hide the toys!!!!
What I did was gathered up some boxes and cleaned the play room. I took about 1/4 – 1/3 of the toys and put them into boxes and put them into my basement. I could actually see the floor of the playroom once again!!!!
Eight weeks later, I pulled out the toys I had put away. I did a good cleaning in the playroom, including wiping down the toys to get rid of germs/bacteria . I pulled out the toys that had been packed away and then pulled out another 1/4 – 1/3 of the toys they had been playing with and put them into the boxes. I also switched around the room and moved larger items (i.e. kitchen) onto a different walls. Suddenly, everything was new and fun.
We do this about every 6 – 8 weeks in our house now. In addition to keeping the toys fresh and new for the kids, it also gives me a chance to weed out the broken ones. I also discretely dispose of the McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc, etc, etc “crap-0-la”. I am able to take out a small loan, purchase 5,000 batteries (OK…so I exaggerate and it is only 2,000) and get the toys working……well…..unless it is a toy that drives me bonkers and then suddenly, “I’m sorry sweetie, Mommy doesn’t have the right size of battery for that toy” will roll from my tongue.
I also find that there are toys my children never play with, no matter how many times they are swapped or moved around the room. I save those to donate to charity and/or sell in a garage sale. The best thing of all, is that I don’t hear “I’m bored” NEARLY as often.