The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and pollen is beginning to cover everything in sight. Along with the joys of springtime come the desire to clean out every crevis of your house. Forget donating clothes that don’t fit or tossing the Tupperware with the missing lid, these are the toys we all want to haul out.

Anything that hints “adult supervision” may be required.

Ain’t nobody got time for that. Often times those words are code for “this may end in blood and tears.” We don’t know about you, but there is enough of that in our house as it is.

Games that come with too many pieces and too many instructions.

We aren’t sure who has the shorter attention span when it comes to learning the rules, us or the kids. And without fail, a piece always goes missing.

Musical instruments

Including but not limited to whistles, kazoos, recorders, drums, guitars, etc. Any musical toys should also come with a bottle of Advil, because they are a headache in the making.


Beads are one of those “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” scenarios. You need these beads and those beads, big and little, neon and pastel, the list goes on and on. Not only do you have to buy every kit the store sells, then you have to store it.


…the gift that keeps on giving.

Creepy dolls

Is there really an explanation needed? It’s the eyes, they follow you everywhere you go and it’s just down right frightening.

“Easy clean-up”

As parents, we’ve all learned that if a toy comes with the disclaimer easy cleanup, you should put it back on the shelf and walk away. We like clean, quite toys in our house. If it says “easy clean up” that means mess in the making.


Legos are all fun and games until you step on one barefoot in the middle of the night.


Is there anything that takes longer than playing a game of Monopoly with children? Yes, it’s listening to them tell a story!

Happy spring cleaning from your friends at NiteOwl Pediatrics urgent care for children.