Until they see it again. If a toy has been in the closet for two or three months (or more), when it comes out again it's like a whole new adventure. Old memories come flooding back (three months is a long time for a little kid) and new play patterns emerge. It may be an old toy, but it feels like a brand new, exciting toy to play with.
And that's why, when Boo was younger, I would deliberately pack up a box of toys every couple of months, and swap them out in rotation. It kept things fresh, without spending tons on new toys, and kept his interest and imagination going. One tip - when you are storing battery-operated toys, remove the batteries first, and then replace with fresh ones when the toy comes back out.
A lot of Boo's toys are battery-operated. The interactive nature of toys that respond to you (and sometimes even each other) creates great opportunities for imaginative play. Whether he's chatting and singing with his Furby, or playing some kind of spy game with his friends and their NERF arsenals in the back yard, I love watching the creativity at work!
|Boo's got a bit of a Rambo thing going on here. That is quite the NERF Blaster! It's called the Mastodon. We checked it out at Hasbro's holiday preview event last month, and it has now made it onto the Christmas list. Another toy powered by Duracell!|
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Disclosure: This post and giveaway are brought to you by Duracell and Hasbro. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.