Some experts consider play time to be work for children, a critical part of their development. As work, kids need the right tools to get the job done well: good toys. We've selected some helpful Web sites that can teach you the importance of "child's play" and how to equip your kids with safe toys that will keep them happy, engaged, and active.
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If you’ve ever walked barefoot into your child’s room and stepped on a pointy toy, you understand the irritation that comes from owning more toys than your kids know what to do with. Before you add another room onto the house to accommodate your kids’ stuff, review the following Web sites for ideas about organizing the toys in your home and getting rid of the unused toys.
- Many state and local programs request toy donations for kids. Type your city or state name and "toy donation programs" into a search engine to find a program in your area. Also check with hospitals or charities such as the Ronald McDonald House, which may also need new or gently used toys.
- If toys aren’t the only things in your home that could be better organized, see our findingDulcinea Home Organization Guide for other helpful tips about organizing your child's room (and the rest of your home).
For storage and organization ideas …
offers several tips for keeping playrooms organized and spacious enough that kids actually have room to play in them. Discover specific organizational tools you can use to follow each tip, including the prices of those tools and links to Web sites where you can purchase them.
teaches how parents can implement (and actually keep using) a toy organization system for their kids in this helpful article.
For unused toys …
is a nonprofit organization that aims to make volunteering quicker and easier. Look for several resources about how and where to donate toys to sick or needy children.
Best Child Toys
has a page of tips for storing old or unused toys in an organized manner. Find a page with storage advice for specific types of toys
, such as puzzles, bath toys, and large toys.
is the online home of The San Francisco Chronicle
. Take a look at this blog entry highlighting one parent's chagrin when his child received more toys for Christmas than he could reasonably play with. See the reader comments below the entry and maybe find just the tip you need to avoid the problem of having too many toys in the first place.
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