Toy rotation is as simple as it sets out to be. The aim is to bring order to the choas of your child’s/children’s toys by only having a certain few out at a time. I can from my own childhood remember some toys reappearing after a long hiatus and the joy from having them to play with again.
Until a few weeks a go I was doing this on an ad hoc basis but Meemoo and Pook got progressively less interested in the toys until one morning we got to this.
My teacher brain took over; planning and order were unleashed to restore calm and organisation, plus I love a good excuse to get the pretty coloured pens out!
I began by categorising all of the girl’s toys. It is a really great way to see where your children may have lots of one type of toy and then think about opportunities to broaden their options. It is also a great way to get rid of unwanted toys and free up space. My next step was then to sort the toys into the 6 storage boxes as I had 6 in my storage unit. I chose to theme these boxes around the types of play that I know the girls enjoy and some new ones to introduce new concepts. The impact has been that they now only have access to the toys on the shelves and the boxes are no longer to be emptied. Tidy up time is easier and both Meemoo and Pook can put the toys away. It has inspired new games, and given the girls back purpose in their play. Suddenly they were not hanging off my legs while I was trying to get dinner cooked but engaged and engrossed in their own imaginations. Bliss!
Simple steps to Toy Rotation
- Categorise all your children’s toys by type. I used four main types which are
- Thinking Toys – puzzles, games, building bricks, stacking and sorting toys
- Moving Toys – cars, trains, prams, ride ons, basically any toy with moving parts
- Pretend Toys – dollies, kitchen and related food items, dressing up, doctors kits
- Small World Toys – Animals, Dolls houses, character based toys eg Octonauts, My Little Pony
- From each category choose key items that remain out all of the time. This was driven by big things like the kitchen. Also I chose to leave books and writing materials out permanently.
- Choose a number of boxes to sort toys into. Don’t forget to take the opportunity to get rid of the unwanted and unloved.
- Sort the toys so that there are some from each category in each box . I chose to do this by themes but I think this is my odd teacher brain need for planning!
Simple, try toy rotation and see if it makes a difference to your little ones!