My son already has a ton of toys but I feel like he's bored. What do I do?

Taryn - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is four and a half and he has a bunch of toys. Not alot of variety but still he has a bunch. Legos, books, cars, balls, playdoh, some animal toys, board games, coloring books, puzzles, cards, power wheels, even video games. But he seems bored with everything. And when I go into a store to buy him something, nothing seems very different or fun compared to what he already has. Is there anything that you've had experience with that would be good to get him? Or anything you can think of that would be fun for a four year old?


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Lisa - posted on 09/21/2009




Try taking him to the park or setting up play dates, so that he can interact with actual people. Too many kids are taught to just play with their toys indoors and keep this habit as they grow up and only want to play video games and therefore become obese and lazy.

Deanne - posted on 09/19/2009




try packing some away and only leaving a boxful out and then cycle them in different time frames. He will think they are so much more interesting when he hasn't seen them for a while.

Jodi - posted on 09/19/2009




Is he in preschool or any sort of education program? I found with both my children that around 4 1/2, they got bored very easily and their behaviour became a bit out of hand, and it was purely because they were SOOOO ready to start the new challenges of school. My daughter is 4 1/2, and she attends preschool 2 days a week and this really helps. I found the real key is that they need the interaction. My kids both demanded a lot more of my time at that age because the didn't WANT to play alone, they wanted me to play with them because they thrived on the social interaction more than anything. Setting up play dates with other children his age may also be helpful.

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This is probably going to sound crazy but give him a box and let him use his imagination.

My kids have tons of toys but they get bored all the time with them, we have two 7yr olds, a 6 yr old and an 18 mnth old. Once in a while if I end up with an extra box or pop bottle I will let them take it to the playroom and they end up having more fun with em than any of their real toys! lol

You could get some books on say race cars, then find a big box and let him have some markers and let him design his own racecar. Since hes four you'll need to watch him a bit with the markers, but it would be a great way to spark his imagination. It wont look like the best car you've ever seen but slowly he will get better at designing it by himself, he wont be as bored, and its pretty darn cheap.

You may have to put some of those extra toys away for a bit though, but he will be less bored when he gets to use things in different and "unusual" ways.

Minique - posted on 09/19/2009




Toys arent always the key. Pots and pans, music, fingerpainting is a good one. Just the outdoors suchs as running around or splashing in water. Even chalk is good with little boys.

Karen - posted on 09/18/2009




painting, playdough,cooking hands on stuff that is also time with you or if its something you want him to do by himself then threading games, playdough, meccano

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