I throw them in the trash or the Good Will bag the day after we receive them. Same goes for the occasional kids' meal toy. The rule is that you can keep it for the rest of the day. If they get it late in the day I will usually let it stay until the next evening but it's always thrown out while they're in bed. Daddy announced this rule so it has considerably more weight than if I had just mentioned it. Amazing what a "proclamation" can do :D
I ask parents to donate them to our class treasure box. Then if I find those toys on the classroom floor, I toss them back into the treasure box to be earned again. You'd be surprised how that same old toy seems new again in a new setting.
Even my 12-yr-old thought some of these ideas were cool.BTW, I like your new comment system, where I don't have to figure out an odd string of characters.Jora
I loved all the ideas on that blog! How creative!
I keep them in a basket in the car to keep my kiddos (4 and 1) occupied. They aren't cluttering up my house, plus, when they inevitably fall out of the car, it's no big loss. I occasionally sort through the basket when it gets too full to make room for the new acquisitions. Sara
I store them away til November when we put them in with our Samatian's Purse shoeboxes.
We use them to decorate cakes and cupcakes when we have friends around -- then the kids can take them home. Or Boo uses them to decorate play-doh cakes he makes for his toys.
"What little plastic toy?" They always disappear at my house. wink, wink.
We keep those types of toys all together in our "fidget box." My boys love those little knick-knacks, for whatever reason. We usually pull the box out when it comes time for me to read out loud to the kids. Most of the toys are quiet toys, yet they give the kids something to "fidget" with while they listen. (Otherwise they get to wiggling and can't sit still, or do totally-mama-annoying things like pick their noses.)
I save them up for when we throw our parties.. it has kept me from buying party favours for ages ! :o)
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