How to Separate Matured Kids from Their Toys?

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As children grow, there are several necessary steps they take from their childhood to the date they finally leave the house. Kids tend to accumulate toys in the earlier ages of their lives that most times cover most of their space. In the early stage of a kid’s life, they get so attached to toys and you also support this behavior. It is because these items are all they believe they own in this world.

How to Purge Older Child's Toys

Having matured kids who still base their emotions on toys wouldn’t speak well of your parenting ability. Most matured kids that are attached to toys tend to have less confidence that is expected from them. In the long run, the separation is necessary; your whole family will have a lot to benefit from the separation. It will also help your child pay more attention to their growth and other life challenges.

Separating your kids from their toys might be pretty traumatizing for them, it might involve some unnecessary tears and a lot of drama. You can consider a few peaceful and joyful ways to separate your kids from the toys. Those ways are outgrown below. 

Talk to kid: 

When kids have too many toys it prevents them from having enough friends, so talking to your kids about how keeping toys is going to prevent them from playing games with their peers. You can enlighten them on how they can get hurt by tripping over or step on their items; it might help them want to create a separation between themselves and these items. You can also talk to them about the joy of growing up to keep their minds and imagination busy and spend less time with toys they no longer need. 

Move the toys: 

When your child doesn’t want to part with their toys, you can move them to a temporary home, outside of their bedroom before finally getting rid of toys. It would be difficult for the kids at first as they still want to be little, and getting rid of their toys means they are growing up. Moving the toys out would denote that it would cost them something to gain access to toys. After a while, it will help because they begin to consider the efforts to be unnecessary. 

Encourage them to sell: 

You can train your child on a little trade exercise. And at the same time help them get rid of their toys too. You can make use of a yard sale or other methods after you have encouraged them to sell their items. Well, it would be easier when they are in complete control while they are letting go of these items. Before you can do this, you must have convinced them of the advantages of letting toys go and how they could make use the money from the sales to own gain.

Teach empathy: 

Teach your children charity, let them donate their toys. Tell them about other kids that are not privileged to have these items. You can make them feel responsible for helping others, let them know how much good they are doing by letting go of their toys and giving to other kids their age that can’t afford them.

Do monthly swaps: 

Constantly changing the toys of your child is one very effective way to avoid too much attachment to one item. They already have been used to constant change, most probably monthly. When they get new items, they already understand that it is only theirs for a short time, it would make it easier for them to let go.

There are other working methods to separate your matured kids from their toys. If you know any additional tricks then please leave them as comments below.

Author Bio:
James is a professional parental coach and career advisor. After years of experience working as a private tutor at After years of experience working as a private tutor at Singapore tuition,, he has started conducting educational seminars for students and their parents across the globe.


  1. These are great ideas, thanks for sharing! Luckily (so far, anyway) my three kids are pretty good about getting rid of old toys. I usually do a big Spring cleaning and they help me collect all of the toys that they do not play with anymore. We donate most and throw away any unusable broken ones.

  2. I definitely agree with trying to teach kids to let go, donate, etc. But if they collect certain things, like baseball cards, comics, Star Wars toys, etc., I'm not going to insist they get rid of those types of things.

  3. I didn’t appreciate his comment, ‘Having matured kids who still base their emotions on toys wouldn’t speak well of your parenting ability.’. James does not know me or my parenting skills! There are different strokes for different folks! No one knows what goes on behind closed doors! That would never cross my mind about my friends’ kids over toys!! I had four children in ten years, so of course, I kept some toys for my other children to play with. I also think that kids have confidence if they are comfortable with what they wear or play with! I kept a stuffed animal from my childhood to this day. I am thinking of giving it to someone as a momento for sentimental reasons. A couple of toys are collector items and collectors still buy and trade them. We have always donated their still good working toys & new toys to Goodwill and Toys for Tots. Then there is of course, kids wanting the new toys on the market, because they’ve grown out of playing with the toys they have or they are not cool enough to play with anymore. He does have a couple of helpful suggestions.

    1. I think you have to take that one into context with the others. My children will only donate toys if I tell them they are going to another child to play with, but if I say I am throwing it away then they cry. There are some children that want everything to be there’s all the time and I think he may be referring to those more than the ones who want to keep a few momentous. And hey, if you don’t mind keeping toys as collectors items then that’s great - I don’t have room for it and peraonally fee less is more. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    2. I wasn’t trying to be rude or anything. I can see your point. I guess I took it wrong. He could have worded it better.

    3. Definitely. Plus have worded it better. I agree with you on that.

  4. Interesting post. I have never thought about it but I guess it could be an issue with some kids. I love the donate suggestion.

  5. A few keepsakes are worth saving and passing on to the next generation. Some toys are more than just a piece of plastic, it's memories and imprinted childhood roots


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