Vista Issue 79

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Educating Today... For a Better Tomorrow

Organic Mama

Invasion of the Toys: The “3 Rs” of Children’s Toys By Tami Main


ith Christmas just around the corner, the annual invasion of toys is upon us. How are we to cope with the excess toys that are showered upon our little ones during this holiday season? Make recycle, reduce and reuse the goal for your family this holiday season. It is amazing how quickly toys will accumulate and invade every inch of your home. Before my daughter was born, I had no concept of the huge amounts of toys and accessories babies and children seem to come with.


Recycle toys by passing them along to younger children in the family or giving them to the local food bank to get your children involved with the Christmas spirit. Giving unwanted toys to less fortunate families is a great lesson to teach your children as well as a way to preserve our environment. Involve your children in this process as they like to feel as if they are contributing and you are not just giving away their toys. Last Christmas, my daughter contributed some of her gently used toys to a less fortunate family in Africa; it made her very happy that she was making these children’s holiday special.


Reduce your toy purchases by making better choices for your children and our environment. Rather than purchasing as many toys this year, look at other options for gifts. I often trade in gently used toys to a local shop called Toy Traders, where credits can be used towards new or other gently used toys. Attending events such as toy swaps, which can be found in


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