Instead of doing my regular feature of someone else’s organizational skills, I thought I’d show you how I organize toys….specifically my toy rotation There are lots of ways of doing a toy rotation, this is just how I do it.
I just started rotating J’s toys after Christmas this year because he had so many toys to play with, but none of them could really keep his attention. I had been reading about toy rotations from several different blogs, and I thought I’d give it a try.
I started out by separating J’s toys into groups. Here are some of the groups I ended up with:
Then, I divided the groups in half. I took one half and put them out for J to play with, and put the other half in a box that fits under the bed.
When I rotate them I simply take the toys out from under the bed and replace them with toys that are out. I rotate the toys every 3 weeks or so.
I know that J is ready for new toys when:
- He has a harder time playing independently.
- He gets frustrated more easily than normal.
- He gets into things that are off limits
- He needs more attention from me than normal.
Since doing the toy rotation, I’ve noticed:
- J is happier throughout the day.
- He plays independently more often and for longer periods of time.
- He’s more creative in his play
Other benefits of a toy rotation:
- My house is less cluttered with toys since only half of them are available at one time.
- I have a bit more freedom to do things around the house because J is so involved in his play.
Check out these other bloggers and see how they handle their kids toys:
How to Rotate Toys – Little Stories
Shopping in Your Toy Closet (Why do a Toy Rotation) – Little Stories
How to Keep a Bedroom Tidy (Less is More) – NurtureStore
Toy Storage Solution - Mama Smiles
Tot School – Toy Organization at our House – The Educators Spin on It
Baby Time: Ideas for Creating and Storing Toy Stations – The Educators Spin on It
Playful Parenting Tip #4 – Toy Storage – The Golden Gleam
What do you think? Do you have a toy rotation in place at home?