Monday, November 24, 2008

Generous, Not So Much

Every year before Xmas, I tell the kids that they have to sort through their toys and find some they want to donate in order to make room for new toys coming from Santa. I then sort through the ones they picked and decide whether to donate or trash them. I asked T to find some the other night and he was really excited about the prospect of donating toys to kids who don't have a lot of toys.

Here is what he came up with...



The movie is mine. The tea set is E's. The phone is leftover from his kitchen set we donated a while ago. He has two view finders, but it was good of him to donate a reel with it. The little tickets are "in case they want to play movie theater". The magnet picture holder in case "they want to put pictures on their fridge". T has 3 other mini books. The little black thing is his pet rock, home made of course.


The only really good thing he is willing to part with is his Game Boy game Zelda, and I like that game.


I guess I will be sorting through toys while they are at school.

11 comments:

Shelly Overlook said...

What's the Monsters, Inc book? My kid LOVES that movie.

Anne said...

I've been "decluttering" for about 4 years now and I still have things that have to go. We saved every toy that Harry ever played with. I can't ever remember asking him to go thru his toys and clear out the things he wasn't playing with. Sometimes I think he was an excuse to play with and collect toys. I remember actually feeling jealous when I first met my husbands kids ..they had all the toys that I always wanted growing up. Geeze! You started something here...talk about long in the mouth.

Anne said...

I've been "decluttering" for about 4 years now and I still have things that have to go. We saved every toy that Harry ever played with. I can't ever remember asking him to go thru his toys and clear out the things he wasn't playing with. Sometimes I think he was an excuse to play with and collect toys. I remember actually feeling jealous when I first met my husbands kids ..they had all the toys that I always wanted growing up. Geeze! You started something here...talk about long in the mouth.

WillThink4Wine said...

I use to love Zelda back in the 80's when Nintendo first came out! I kicked Super Mario Bros. without warping and finished Zelda and suddendly I never wanted to play viseo games any more. But I inspired my then very young nephew, who still very much loves video games. He's 29 years old now! I created a Monster? No, he's a very responsible middle school teacher!

alissasanderson said...

EMMET OTTER'S JUG BAND CHRISTMAS!!! OMG I LOVE THAT MOVIE! I MUST go buy it RIGHT NOW!

But yeah, my kids are not so generous, either...

Diana said...

I like Zelda, too!

Oh, and I absolutely love your idea of having your kids donate stuff to make room for Santa's new presents. How kind of you guys? You rock!

:) D

joanna said...

This is hilarious. I had H do the same thing. Out of a full playroom and a bedroom she chose a total of 5 things and half of them were T's!

alison said...

No matter what toy I pick up and ask the girls, "Do you still play with this?", they nod vigorously and say, "It's special."

You have to do it when they're not around. Good luck.

Kate The Great said...

I love the little pink tickets... that's really funny...

Lainey-Paney said...

...and I'm wondering....when will *I* sort through toys? Gage doesn't go to school!

I have to say, I just loved reading this post. Not only the picture of his chosen possessions for donation, but also their rightful owners & his reasoning behind each one. Precious!

Zip n Tizzy said...

My boys have been gradually unpacking all of the "going out items." It's so funny isn't it how putting an item in a bag will suddenly make it much more interesting?
Good Luck!