We too donate all our old toys and stuffed animals. We talk about how there are children without mommies and daddies that don't have a stuffed animal, and this would make them happy. Or how some children have mommies and daddies who don't have a job, so they can't buy new toys. By him giving his toys then all children can have something to play with. It's a process, but first we go through all his stuff and I just let him pick out what he's ready to donate. When he's finished, if I feel he didn't pick enough, we go through again and I suggest items. Usually since I know what he does and doesn't play with whatever I suggest during round 2 he says "oh ok" or "sure, I guess" and into the bag it goes. We've done this every spring and fall since he was an infant (he started "helping" at age 2). Now at 5 when I say it's time to donate he already has a list of what he wants to give. And he feels so proud of himself for doing so.
at 8:44 PM on Mar. 24, 2011