I have ideas for how to make the toy situation better. I have done the Saturday bin. I also do love and still use the 10 second clean up to help. I have a variety of tips for making clean-up fun for kids.
With all of these tips and tricks, it is still inevitable that at some point you will decide to confiscate your children’s toys. Now what?
You can throw them into the Saturday bin if you are implementing that.
Some choose to keep the toys for a few days and then give them back.
I know some moms who get rid of them completely, which can really speak to a child. I think that is OK as long as you are willing to not replace the toy with something else. That’s what I call substitution parenting. I’m not going to buy my child another doll simply because all of hers have been taken away. I have another solution to propose today.
What to Do with Confiscated Toys
Here’s my trick for what to do with confiscated toys: I turn their toys into prizes. I tend to give my kids prizes for various reasons. I might use them to award my kids for good behavior for a babysitter. I might award prizes after they have filled up a reward chart or a magnetic chore chart (affiliate link). I like to use random rewards. I also have my consequence and rewards behavior chart that has been helpful.
Instead of spending money to fill up the prize bin, why not just recycle the toys they already have…the ones that you have confiscated. This has been a great solution that saves money. Kids get very excited about toys they have not seen or played with in a while.
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This post has been re-vamped and re-published. It was originally written in January of 2013 and was republished in September of 2016.