Why, oh why, do we buy all these stupid toys? All we really ever need are bubbles and balloons!
#confessthemess toys are such a pet peeve of mine! They’re everywhere, all the time, and the kids don’t really care about 90% of them.
I am notorious for doing a sweep and collecting the neglected, the broken, and the forgotten; Buzz Lightyear and Woody would be staging an all out coup! If the toys that I’ve gathered don’t get requested within a week or two, off to Goodwill they go. Sometimes I’m super ruthless and take them straight to the drop off ; passing go, collecting $200 on my way.
I get my kids involved with the giving from time to time but it’s likely that they’ll say, “But Mom, I love that doll (that’s been sitting at the bottom of the bin, naked, with only one arm, for the past 6 months)” and then I’ll just decide to go stealth mode later on that night 😉
In all my years, though, I have never seen any child enjoy something more consistently and with more enthusiasm as balloons and bubbles! I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on a several birthday parties, only to have the kids ignore everything but the balloons. I’ve also entertained kids for over an hour by simply blowing balloons.
I’m sorry, not so sorry, to say that no toy is really safe around me. Holidays and birthdays are fast approaching and than means new additions. I’m in the zone, and you’d better stay in rotation if you want to survive in my house! It’s a matter of my sanity and therefore, top priority! 😉