Do you ever look around your house and think, "we have WAY too many toys?"  I do that on a daily basis.  However, there are some great things that you can do with the millions of balls, cars, trains, dolls/figurines, etc that seem to float around your house.

First off, I suggest that you begin by going around your house and collecting up stray toys that seem to get lost in the shuffle and just don't have a spot to reside.  Put them all in a big box.  It doesn't matter what you collect since there are so many different things you can do with the toys.  You don't really have to have a "mental checklist" of "must haves" for your box. In my box I have:  3 cars, 2 trains, 2 small balls, 3 plastic animals, 2 puzzle pieces (the puzzle no longer has all the pieces and was going to be tossed), 1 whistle, and 1 noisemaker.  I could've collected more, but I have a young child and didn't want to overwhelm him.

Today, I will blog activities for older children...

  1. Have your child sort the toys by category.  You could do color, shape, size, use/function, etc.
  2. Select two (or more) items and have your child compare/contrast the items shown.
  3. Have your child create a definition for the item that you pull out of the box. (see the blog post from August 5, 2011 to discover an easy formula for definitions)
  4. Set out a few items and have your child either describe the item that he/she is thinking about until you can pick it out or you describe the object and let your student/child find the target object.  

The key to all of these activities is the fact that YOU are ENGAGING with your child.  Plus, you have a purpose for some of those stray toys that didn't have a home!

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