The Tidy Toys

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Tidiness and carefulness

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A story using a fun device to explain to children the importance of tidying away their things and treating them with respect.


A boy's bedroom


A boy and his toys

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The Tidy Toys

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A short story aboyt tidiness

Once upon a time, a boy moved houses. On entering his new bedroom he saw that it was full of toys, storybooks, pens, pencils... and all of it was perfectly tidy.
That day he played all he liked, but went to bed without having tidied up.

Mysteriously, the next morning all the toys had been put back in their proper place. He was sure that no one had entered his bedroom, but the boy didn't pay it much mind. The exact same thing happened that day, and the next, but when the fourth day arrived and he went to get his first toy of the day, the toy jumped out of his hands and said, "I don't want to play with you!"

The boy thought he was seeing things, but the same happened with every toy he touched. Finally, an old teddy bear said to him: "Why are you surprised that we don't want to play with you? You always leave us so far from our proper place, the place we feel most comfortable and happy. Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the books to climb back up onto their shelves, or for the pens to jump into their tin? You haven't a clue how uncomfortable and cold the floor is! We won't play with you any more until you promise to leave us in our little houses before you go off to bed."

The boy remembered how comfy and content he felt in his bed, and how bad he felt when he had once slept in a chair. He realised how badly he had treated his friends, the toys. He asked their forgiveness, and from that day he always put his toys nicely in their special places before he got into bed.

Let's work on this story, now that is fresh on our minds!

A minute for thinking

Do you realize that if you do not tidy up your room, someone else has to do it? Do you think it is fair?Have you noticed that toys deteriorate much more when they are dirty and not in their correct places?

Let's talk!

Talk to your child about one of your favourite toys. Explain that not being careful with that toy would have prevented it to become such a special toy. Ask your kid about her favourite toys, and how she would like those toys to be in a few years from now.

Why don't you try this?

To learn how to care for the toys I suggest you a family movie shoot: "Toy Story 3". After watching the movie, you can discuss remark the good condition of some toys and the bad condition of others. I'm sure just talking about the loyalty of Andy's toys to Andy will make your child looking for such love from her own toys

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