Just before each child's birthday and of course Christmas, we sort through the toy boxes and get rid of toys that haven't been played with, they don't like or that are broken or that are no longer loved. We sort this out into various piles - the charity shop, the bin or "saved" for another time. It is ALWAYS a bittersweet thing to do as so many things can evoke memories of a different time and it is particularly hard for Beansy who like HAW is a hoarder.
I can guarantee that he will sob and sob and cling onto everything and say "but it's my favourite match attax/teddy/broken plastic arm of action man" he really struggles, although at nearly 8 years old he understands the process of donating to charity shops and raising money for those less fortunate than him.
Persil have launched a new washing product that combines the cleaning power of persil with the softness of comfort - unsurprisingly, it is called Persil 2 in 1 with Comfort and they have teamed up with Netmums and Camp Bestival and are offering you the chance to host a "Pass on the Love - Teddy Bears Picnic" in order to swap or donate your unwanted Teddies to Oxfam.
We were sent our picnic kit which consisted of a picnic blanket, some cups, napkins and 2 lovely soft bunnies as well as a bottle of the new Persil 2 in 1 with comfort. We spent the morning sorting out the teddies into various piles - as well as Beansy wanting to keep them all, it seems that BeauBo has the same hoarding gene as he was worrying about their "feelings" at being binned - I blame Toy Story for that one!! Pixie on the other hand has her mother's throw away gene and was very happy to recycle the love! We washed the teddies in the Persil 2 in 1 and as a massive fan of the small and mighty and of comfort softener products anyway, I was keen to see what the results would be. I have to say the results were exactly the same as using them individually - so a very happy me!
We had a splendid time in the garden and some old traditions were honoured - we had triangular white bread sandwiches (always on a picnic, don't ask me why) and lashings of ginger ale (very Enid Blyton). I also got out my old china Peter Rabbit Tea Set - which went down a treat and we gave all of our old teddies a very majestic send off!
It was a lovely way to say goodbye some old friends, we talked about growing older and how we move on and grow out of certain things, it actually turned into a very lovely conversation as we discussed how the process of sending off our teddies could help Oxfam to raise money for children not as lucky as us. As for the tears at the final "goodbye" which I thought would be inevitable, I have to say that with a huge hug and a kiss from each child, all of our teddies went into the bag without a whimper or a howl. It was a truly magical day and one I will be doing again!
Peace and Love
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