Toys are designed to educate and entertain, but when kids are constantly fighting over toys, life can be anything but pleasant. Toys meant to make the kids happy end and provide parents and caregivers with a little respite end up causing family discourse and continual disruption. Try the following creative ways to stop the kids from fighting over toys, and end the battles for good. Life with multiple kids does not have to be a constant struggle. Everyone can get along.
Use Multiple Personal Toy Boxes and Trade-Off
One of the best ways to stop kids from fighting over playthings is through organized sharing. This does not mean that kids must share the same toys at the same time every time. Some playthings are not meant to be used by more than one child simultaneously, and everything should not have to be shared at all times.
Buy two plastic storage containers, and designate one for each child. Allow the kids to decorate their personal toy boxes with peel and stick lettering and stickers. Once a week, place toys in each box. These are playthings they will not have to share with others. When the week is up, trade the toys to make it fair. This way each child gets to play with the items they want instead of fighting over them.
Find Out Exactly Who is Causing the Fighting
Fighting over toys can be a real problem, especially when parents and caregivers are unsure of who is not willing to share. Instead of always reprimanding all of the kids or possibly blaming someone who was not at fault, start paying closer attention. The usual instigator might be completely innocent.
Stop the Fighting by Removing the Source
Taking away toys that continually cause fighting is an obvious solution. However, it takes at least two children to begin fighting over anything. When it is not possible to pay attention and find out who is not sharing, take away the source of the fighting. After kids lose the toys a few times, they will figure that no one will be able to use them if they do not find a way to get along.