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5 Reasons to Encourage Kids to Collect Toys

5 Reasons to Encourage Kids to Collect Toys

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!

American Girl offers a large variety of dolls, outfits and accessories, books and even building play sets

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.

American Girl MaryEllen outfits and accessories

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.

American Girl WellieWishers camping play set

American Girl WellieWishers camping play set and accessories

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.

American Girl WellieWishers Camille and rockstar outfit

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.

American Girl WellieWishers Camille 14in doll

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.

American Girl WellieWishers camping set Ashlyn and Camille

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 Emerson Mega Construx Play Set

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.



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Becca Talbot
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Love this post! Brings back happy memories of when I was a child and used to collect things like Sylvanian Families and trolls 🙂 x

Angela Ricardo Bethea
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Angela Ricardo Bethea

Teaching our kids to collect toys and How to value things are really important for kids nowadays.

Shannon Gurnee
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If I was a little girl today, I know I would be totally about collecting the American Girl dolls. These are super cute and I know my nieces love to collect them as did our daughters when they were younger.

Jess
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Collecting is always a fun hobby! My son loves collecting too! I remember collecting beanie babies when I was younger 😂

Liz Siemers
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This is so true and something I really need to take to heart. My daughter is almost 8 and she has so many toys, but she can never find ones she wants and she can never keep things nice. Thank you for these helpful tips!

Jasmine Hewitt
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i remember these dolls from when i was a kid. they’ve really come a long way since then!

Angela Fernando
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Angela Fernando

I don’t have children yet but parents with kids would really benefit from these tips!

Catherine
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What a fun post! I encouraged my kids to too and my daughter loved collecting the historic American Girls.

Chastity
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Chastity

I didn’t realize how popular American Girl dolls are. I know a few people that collect unique toys. I think collecting toy sets is a cool idea and great investment!

Fibi Tong
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These dolls are so adorable. Seems like your kids have so much fun!

Tash
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My kiddos love collectible toys. I love brands who offer a collection with multiple price brackets, so my kids can add to their collections with pocket money and save bigger items for special occasions.

Nati
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These dolls are beautiful! My children don’t really need to be encouraged, my boy is a natural collector, he loved to have all the cars of the Disney movie Cars, and also played a lot with them! I have to encourage him to actually play because he would spend the time to clean them and put them on display all neatly like a museum!! LOL (he’s only 6!! and he’s been collecting since age 3)

Elizabeth O
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Elizabeth O

Those are very nice tips to share with. I totally agree with you! Great to teach kids collecting toys and learn how to value each piece.

Preet
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Preet

Collecting toys is so much fun. I always encourage my kids to collect toys because it can help them to be close to each other.

eli
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eli

I hadn’t thought about the benefits of collecting toys before. I have two younger sisters and could totally see them doing this.

Michelle Leslie
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That actually makes a lot of sense, especially since the kids will “bond” better if their toys are part of a bigger collection. And by bonding they’ll also look after their toys. Wish I’d thought about that when my kids were small.

Catherine Santiago Jose
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Catherine Santiago Jose

These are great tips. I actually bought toys for my kids not only because I want them to play with their toys but I want them to learn how to take care and value their things.

India
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These are so cute! My daughter loves American Girl. You’re right it does teach them a lot!

Chad
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Amazing advice! Instilling these values in the kids is very important. Thanks for sharing.

Alexandra
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Alexandra

Excellent advice, and you’re right – it is important to teach kids to value things. Fantastic idea to collect the toys.

Stacie
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I think toy collections are a great idea. It wasn’t until my kids started collecting the toys (or Pops! in one case) that they really started to value their things.