The Day I Took the Toys Away

The day I took the toys away

I know what you’re thinking, how could I take all of my kid’s toys away? Well, let me start by saying that I don’t do this every day.  I fully believe in helping children grow in all aspects of life, even their imagination. I want my children to have an imagination that can take them anywhere.

There are a few things I do to make this day successful. I believe they will help you too.

6 tips to a successful imagination day

  1. I tell my kids the night before that the next day will be imagination day
  2. I play music in the background during the day- in general music helps my kids and they love it.
  3. No TV on this day- try to unplug as much as possible. Be the example.
  4. Put the everyday toys away in a closet or spare room- the only exception I make to this is educational “toys” (i.e. puzzles or books) that I use for homeschooling each day.
  5. Think outside of the toy box
  6. Engage in imaginative play with your child.

Music speaks volumes. A musical beat can change the mood of a child. For my children music is a calming tool that they also happen to love. If you can imagine this, we have a lot of dance parties. If you are looking for free musical outlets I recommend youtube, radio, and Pandora. This is the only type of media I recommend on imagination days.

When putting all everyday toys away I suggest choosing a time when the kids are not focused on them (i.e. after bedtime). This can be nerve-racking I know. But trust me, your kids will still have a great day.

Literally, think out of the toy box. Make a list of things around your home that could be fun for your kids. Remember to think out of the box.

Out of the Box List:

  1. Blankets and pillows
  2. Cardboard
  3. Paper
  4. Laundry baskets
  5. Pots and pans
  6. Cooking spoons

Some of my kids favorite pretend games to play are beach and fort with blankets and pillows, race cars with laundry baskets and cardboard boxes, and cooking and making music with pots and pans. My kids even like to color the cardboard boxes.

I love jumping into all these games with my kids. It brings me back to my childhood and it’s fun. My personal favorites are blanket beach days, blanket forts, and making music with different household items around the house. My advice is to jump back to when you were a child and let your imagination soar with your child.

If you can’t let loose with your child who can you let loose with?

Instead of continuing the life-countdown to the next big thing take a step back. Our children will not be little forever. For one day let your imagination take over the stress of housework, life struggles, and just hit the reset button.

Let your imagination take over.