Is your playroom feeling a little cluttered? My kids love playing together and collecting toys. Our toy bins can get pretty full when we have just a few toys from a variety of sets. I like to encourage my kids to collect specific toy sets and limit the toy clutter. Here are a few reasons why it can be very helpful to collect high quality toys.
Learn how to take care of nice things
My girls love their American Girl dolls, which is special because I also played with American Girl characters when I was younger. The American Girl collection includes dolls, outfits, accessories, books and even building play sets. Each American Girl story highlights valuable character qualities and many introduce girls to specific eras of history.
When my girls have a few nice things, they tend to take care of their toys better and enjoy them more. For example, my girls keep their American Girl dolls displayed on a shelf when they aren’t playing with them. I teach my girls how to clean up after playtime by organizing all their doll accessories in a storage bin. We organize their 18″ American Girl doll clothes and shoes in one bin. Their 14″ WellieWishers outfits and accessories go in another bin. My kids definitely benefit from learning how to organize their toys!
Collect toys in the same set
Also, toy sets can be 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. My girls often add to their American Girl collection with gifts from their birthdays and holidays. I encourage our family members to give our kids gifts that help them build their toy collections. My son enjoys collecting Legos and wooden trains. Parents can help their kids choose toys to collect which fit 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. Teaching kids how to save their money is a valuable skill. When my daughter wants to buy something, I typically ask her if she thinks the purchase is a good value. In this way, my daughter is able to evaluate her purchases and intentionally expand her toy collection, rather than spending money on impulse buys.
Get excited about new releases
One of my favorite things about the American Girl collection is their historical doll releases. Each collectible doll release often includes several sets of darling outfits, accessories and even furniture. I’ve always thought that everything from American Girl is great quality and beautifully detailed. My girls also love collecting the 14″ WellieWishers seasonal outfits and accessory play sets. Of course, they love looking through the American Girl catalog. American Girl sets are great birthday gifts because any new accessories coordinate with my girls’ existing doll collections.
Make memories that outlast playtime
Finally, kids will make lots of memories while collecting a toy set, and they can give their collection to their own kids someday. I still have many of my old toys, which my girls now play with. My girls are blessed to be close in age and able to play together. While I don’t often play pretend, I enjoy making custom doll outfits and accessories for my girls to play with. These DIY doll mermaid tails are a simple sewing project anyone can make!
The American Girl Collection
My girls absolutely love the 14″ WellieWishers doll collection from American Girl. Since the WellieWishers release in 2016, American Girl has added several rounds of new outfits and accessories to their collection. The 5 pals Ashlyn, Camille, Emerson, Kendall and Willa are fun to take on an outdoor adventure with this adorable camping set! The set comes 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 also come with their own outfits and accessories inspired by historical time periods. American Girl stories are an interactive way to learn about history as girls explore each character’s world.
Finally, girls will enjoy building these American Girl Mega Construx play sets. Each WellieWishers play sets comes with building instructions and beautifully detailed pieces. Girls can use these play sets to create imaginative storylines with the miniature characters.
American Girl offers something for everyone! I love watching my girls play with these timeless toys. We make special memories when I help them dress up their dolls or we design custom American Girl accessories. For special occasions, American Girl dolls, outfits and accessories are great gift ideas too!
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!