When I first saw this idea, I thought to myself how simple yet genius! My kids always end up with waaay to many toys, most which hardly get played with after they are opened. So last weekend, I told my kids that Santa sent mommies and daddies an email and said this was his guidelines for Christmas gifts this year. I told them the four categories. My six year old's first comment was, "but what about toys?' I told her that would be under the "Things you want" category. She and her sister were just fine once I explained that to them.
So I asked the girls what it was they wanted for Christmas. They thought for a while and then said, "I don't know." OK clear sign they have way too many toys!! I told them what my brothers and I did a few times when we were growing up...instead of asking Santa for a few smaller things, we would all ask for one big thing that we could share. I could see the wheels turning in their little heads. They were trying to think of something big that they and their one year old brother could all enjoy. Then it hit them....a playhouse! So we got on the interest and searched for something they would all like. This was their favorite one (well favorite close to our price change. haha)...
All the playhouses we looked at were in the $300-$375 but I'd love to get it cheaper so I'm going to keep my eyes out for any internet deals, Black Friday deals, check out places like Costco (where I've seen similar playhouses for cheaper) and also keep my eyes on ebay and craigslist. If you know of another place that might have a good deal on an outdoor playhouse, please let me know!
Another thing we are doing, along with the 4 Gifts idea is having the children pick out at least five toys, they already have that they have outgrown or lost interest in and we are going to donate them. This idea led to a great conversation starter with my four and six year old. We talked about being blessed and grateful for what we had. Both of them told me what kinds of things they were thankful for (a nice house, food to eat, clothes to wear, toys to play with, family. After they did that, I asked them how they would feel if one of those things was taken away. Their faces immediately changed. I then explained how there are some kids out there who are not as lucky as they are- who don't have nice clothes to wear, a house to live in, food always available, a family, etc. My six year old said that made her sad. We then talked about ways we can help out those in need. That's when I told them the idea that they would go through their toys and pick out at least five things (that are still in good shape) and we would leave them in a bag for Santa to take with him when he came on Christmas Eve. They were so excited, they ran into the playroom and started going through all their toys.
|Thank you to Pinterest for this idea and photo!|
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