You may have heard that this past weekend was the opening of the new Toy Story 3 movie. This movie focused on the fact that the owner of the main character toys, Andy, was off to college and had to make some decisions about what to do with his old toys. As a Professional Organizer, I have to say I was really excited to see how they handled this. Parent’s are constantly challenged with how to help their children let go of their old toys. So I’m going to give you some negatives and positives about this movie and then my overall feeling about how it relates to you and helping your child to donate toys.
Obviously, this is Toy Story, so the characters are personified, which doesn’t help you with trying to get your kids to let go of their toys. The characters hear things like “these toys are just junk”, which makes them sad. Many children attach feelings and emotions to their toys which can make it difficult for them to let go of their toys and this movie multiplies that. The toys are also very emotional about getting tossed, donated, or placed in the attic. They also accidentally take a trip to the dump and are inches away from the incinerator, which is quite dramatic (especially if you have very young children like my 3 and 5 year old girls), and again is not helping your case in trying to get your kids to let go of their toys. At another point the toys are donated to a Daycare, which again, is played out to be a terrible place for toys to go, yikes!
The overarching theme of the movie is that the toys just want to be played with. They are very sad that they have fallen out of favor and are no longer played with. Now this is something you can use! If your child has not played with a toy in months or years you can let them know that there are children that don’t have toys who would love to play with these toys. Like an orphanage or children’s shelter.
The other positive was the very ending scenes. In the end Andy decides to give the toys to a caring and creative little girl who lives down the street. He introduces each of the toys and tells her about each toys’ positive characteristics. He is very reluctant to give up his very favorite toy, Woody. On a side note, I was absolutely crying at this point, it was so sad and brave at the same time. I thought this was an excellent example of giving and generosity. He knew his toys would be played with and loved by the little girl so he made the ultimate sacrifice. Now, I’m not at all saying your child needs to give up his or her favorite toy, that’s just what they did in this movie.
Overall, I thought this movie delivered a great message about how giving can be a great thing. It also introduced the thought of mutually beneficial relationships. The toys were sad when they were not being played with and to Andy they were just clutter. When the toys found a new home they were happy, the little girl was happy with her new toys, and Andy was happy because someone was loving his old toys.
I give Toy Story 3 an A – (minus), just because I wish they had not painted such a cruel picture of the toys donated to the daycare.
I’ll follow up next week with tips to help you to get your child to donate their old toys.
Enjoy the show!
Copyright (C) 2010 Angela Ploetz, POSH Space www.theposhspace.com.