Playing with toys....

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Playing with toys....
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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 10:36am

At what age are kids pretty much done playing with toys.  I'm talking Polly Pocket, Barbie, Littlest Pet Shop, stuff like that.  My daughter will be 13 in March and she seems to be a bit immature for her age.  Should I be encouraging her to move away from this kind of stuff?  She doesn't play with all of it all of the time..she goes in spurts with things.

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Sat, 12-08-2012 - 5:43pm
My daughter is almost 14 and lost interest in toys sometime between 10 and 11 - they've all been packed up in the garage for a couple of years now. But, one of her good friends is the same age and kept going with toys at least until she turned 13 (and I think she might still be into building those really intricate Lego sets), so it all depends on the kid. I think your daughter will probably stop on her own pretty soon - I remember during the year when my daughter was transitioning away from toys, it sort of went in spurts like that, where she'd play with them one day, forget about them for a while, then suddenly remember them and get them out again.
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Wed, 11-28-2012 - 10:51pm

My kids are 15,16, and 19 and still play from time to time. My 15 yo still digs out Lego  every so oftern and it is on his Christmas list, and my 19 yo sleeps with a few stuffies. in his bed. Granted, I also have a 50 yo. husband with a G.I. Joe collection.

Linda
mom to
Alex (16), Rachel (14), Matthew (12)


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Wed, 11-28-2012 - 2:14pm

I'm trying to remember when I stopped playing with toys.  As the youngest, I was pressured to put them away sooner than my siblings were.  I think everyone kind of surreptitiously wants to "play" from time to time.  12yo DS still sleeps with a stuffed tiger in his bed, and 17yo DD still sleeps with a huge pile of stuffed toys on her bed.  20yo DS crochets stuffed things for everyone still.  And I recall still sleeping with stuffed animals in college! 

I think kids want to hang onto the simpler things of childhood, especially as life grows more complicated in middle school and high school.

BTW I could never "get" my kids to do crafts.  Either they gravitate toward them or they don't.  I ended up throwing away all kinds of half-done craft projects because they were gifts that didn't really resonate with my kids.  You're not alone in that regard!

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Wed, 11-28-2012 - 8:42am
She has a bunch of craft kits that she has gotten over the year. Some she has started and never finished. When I suggest any of them to her, she acts uninterested or unmotivated. thanks. Beth
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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 1:31pm

Is she into crafts and creative things?  As I recall, my DDs were done with toys by this age but still very much into crafts.  Actually, they still are - the oldest (20yo) does lots of fiber crafting, and the middle one is working on an art portfolio.

My 12yo DS *just* gave up Legos in favor of Minecraft.  Now I have no idea what to get him for Christmas.