Is your playroom feeling a little cluttered? My kids love playing together and collecting the typical toy sets. Our toy bins can get pretty full when we have a few toys from a huge variety of sets. I like to encourage my kids to pick a specific set of toys to collect and limit the clutter of random toys. My girls love their American Girl dolls which have a special meaning because I also played with American Girl characters when I was younger. The American Girl Collection offers a large variety of dolls, outfits and accessories, books and even building play sets which girls can collect. Each American Girl story highlights a character quality or era of history that help girls learn as they play!
Learn how to take care of nice things
When my girls have a few nice things, they tend to take care of their toys better and enjoy them more. We keep our American Girl dolls displayed on a shelf when the girls aren’t playing with them. My girls learn how to clean up after playtime by organizing all their doll accessories in a storage bin. Their 18″ American Girl doll clothes and shoes go in one bin and their 14″ WellieWishers outfits and accessories get organized in another bin.
Collect toys in the same set
Toy collections are much more meaningful together than separately. Instead of having a collection of ponies, bears, dolls and licensed characters from kids’ TV shows, it’s a lot more fun to build one toy collection that you can add to during birthdays and holidays. I encourage our family members to give our kids gifts that help them build their toy collections. Kids can pick a toy set to collect that fits within their interests and stage of life.
Save up to add to your collection
My girls are old enough now to understand the value of saving up for toys they really want instead of impulse buying things that are short-lived. When my daughter wants to buy something I try to help her examine if the purchase is a good value. Saving up for a toy that expands your child’s collection is better value than blowing money on a random toy purchase.
Get excited about new releases
One of my favorite things about American Girl is the historical story characters and collectible doll releases that coordinate with darling outfits and accessories. I’ve always thought that everything from American Girl is great quality. My girls love collecting the WellieWishers seasonal outfits and accessory play sets, which are highlighted in the American Girl catalog. American Girl toys are wonderful gifts for my girls’ birthdays because any new accessories coordinate with my girls’ existing doll collections.
Make memories that outlast playtime
Collecting a toy set also helps kids make memories and possibly leaves them with a collection they’ll be able to give to their own kids someday. I still have some of my old toys and I remember many of the toy sets that I enjoyed collecting. My girls have the opportunity to share many of their toys which essentially doubles their set and allows them to practice sharing and play-acting together. I also enjoy making doll tutus, WellieWishers mermaid tails and simple doll accessories to embellish my girls’ American Girl collection.
Some of our American Girl Faves
My girls absolutely love the 14″ WellieWishers doll collection from American Girl. Since their release in 2016, the 5 friends have received several rounds of new outfits and accessory sets. This adorable camping set is perfect to take on an outdoor adventure, complete with a WellieWishers tent, lantern and s’mores supplies! The WellieWishers pals can take their sleeping bags (sold separately) out for a night under the stars.
Of course the American Girl BeForever dolls all coordinate with their own outfits and accessories that are designed to fit within their historical time period. American Girl stories are an interactive way to learn about history as girls explore each character’s world.
American Girl also makes Mega Construx play sets which encourage building skills and following directions. Girls can build these adorable WellieWishers play sets and create imaginative storylines with the miniature characters.
American Girl offers something for everyone! I love watching my girls play with these timeless toys and helping them build their Mega Construx play sets. They often want me to play along with them too, allowing me to create some special afternoon memories. With the holidays coming up, American Girl dolls, outfits and accessories make great girls’ gift ideas too!
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.