It’s that time of year again when the weather starts getting nicer and the winter clothes get packed away to make room for short sleeves and shorts. However, this glorious weather brings with it the dreaded spring cleaning. This spring, we are determined to make it not only more fun but also meaningful for the whole family! While this plan might take some preparation, it will be worth it in the long run when your kids are excited to help and give away old clothes and toys.
A few days before the big day, introduce your kids to the joy of giving to others through age appropriate books.
Toddlers/ Preschoolers: The Berenstain Bears Think Of Those in Need by Stan Berenstain http://www.amazon.com/Berenstain-Bears-Think-Those-First/dp/0679889574/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3
Early Elementary: Too Many Toys by David Shannon http://www.amazon.com/Too-Many-Toys-David-Shannon/dp/0439490294/ref=sr_1_62?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363788711&sr=1-62&keywords=giving
Elementary: I Can Make A Difference! A Sweet Story of Giving by Julie Sexson http://www.amazon.com/Make-Difference-Sweet-Story-Giving/dp/1592983642/ref=sr_1_58?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363788199&sr=1-58&keywords=giving
Middle School: A Kid’s Guide to Giving by Freddi Zeiler http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Guide-Giving-Freddi-Zeiler/dp/B002YX0B14/ref=pd_sim_b_1
Start going through items in your children’s room, beginning with their clothes. Anything they have grown out or won’t wear again, ask them to put in the donation pile, reminding them of how good it feels to give to those who need it. Next, move to books and lastly toys. By the time they get to their toys, they should be used to thinking through things they need or would rather give to other kids to play with.
3. Find a charity online that gives used toys, clothes and books to children in need. Here are some examples:
Schedule a pick up or find a drop-off location and have your children with you. Remind them of how excited the children who receive their clothes, books and toys will be when they receive them. Don’t forget to tell your children how proud you are of them for giving up their toys to other kids.
Good luck and happy cleaning!