Christmas in July My daughters received a fair amount of toys last Christmas. With the mild winter we had, they spent a lot of time outside. Thus, many inside toys did not get played with so much.
Now that school is out, the weather is hot and gas is expensive, we are spending about two to three days a week at home having fun with indoor toys for part of our day.
Charlotte, 10, received many new Barbie clothes and accessories. When she appeared board the other day after time spent running through the sprinkler, I suggested she get out her Barbie case (it is actually an old suitcase – how is that for reusing?). She did and asked me to play with her. So I got down on the floor and dressed a few Barbie dolls.
A few days later, Julia, 8, who is rarely bored, got out a horse farm she received Christmas morning. It one of those days last week when we were forced inside due to the afternoon storm. She said “I have not played with these in a long time. I love them.”
When I was tied up with a project and it was hot outside, I got down another Christmas present their Easy Bake Oven and the kits. They happily baked and ate until their hearts content. It has been since January since they used it. It is now easily accessible. They just have to ask to use it.
To get physical during these dog days that include the afternoon thunderstorm, we have used several or our Wii games that were shelved while running around outside during the nice weather.
We also dug to the bottom of our book basket to get some books that have not been read in a while. It has brought back many memories of the first few times we read them. So before spending more money on items this summer dig to into your toys chest, you never know what is old will be new again.