What can I do to buy toys for my 3 year old niece and 8 and 9 year old nephews that I do not see often or know very well?
Aunt Ava from Woodland Hills, CA
Kids remember what was given to them and from who. No one wants to be the aunt who buys the boring toys. Any gift for a child should be chosen based on age, current skills and/ or special needs and overall interest. more...
What is the best way to store toys outdoors? Ken, Newport Beach, CA, Father of Josh (6), Eric (4) and Trinity (2)
Get an outdoor toy box! A sturdy, weather-resistent container should have its' own spot in the yard or near a door. If outdoor toys (sandbox toys, balls, sports equipment) come indoors, they are bound to track in dirt and germs. Give them their own storage space and wash the box and its' contents on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is every time you water the grass, hose down the outdoor toys too!
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