Toy Rotation: What, why and how!
Friday, 11 February 2022 | Charis
What is it?
It also means that when ‘new’ toys are introduced to the rotation, it's more fun and exciting for them! They may even play with them in new and different ways that they hadn’t before.
Why should I try it?
With many of our children owning 100’s of toys "the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 on a daily basis" - Yikes! Our children are just overwhelmed and overstimulated with the number of toys they are able to see and play with. Toy rotation is a great way to get your kids playing more creatively, independently and for longer periods of time. It also helps them have clearer mental and physical spaces! (plus less mess and clutter in the house, and tidying away can be part of the play!)
How do I do it?
There are no strict rules for toy rotation, but here are our tips and tricks!
Firstly its great to have some form of storage and labelling system. We love these stackable crates from Liewood...
1. Donate, Recycle, Get Rid!
Pull out all their toys into one space and have a real good sort through of them. Chances are they'll be a lot of toys that simply don't get play with anymore as they've grown out of them or they've seen better days!
Sort them into piles of KEEP, DONATE, GET RID
Toys to keep are ones that they love and play with (and ones you may want to hold on for future kids/family members), Donate any toys that are still in good condition that will be well loved in a new home and get rid/recycle any toys that are broken or in an unusable condition.
2. Sort the keepers!
So now you should just have a pile of toys that you want to keep! Now it's time to categorise them into toy types! Once you've established your categories those toys can then go into separate boxes/storage.
It's great to have a wide variety of toys (creative, thinking, role-play and moving toys are a great place to start)
The Liewood Hope Storage Caddy's are great for sorting art supplies
3) Rotation time!
Now pick 2-3 toys from each of the categories and these can go into one rotation box or be placed in reach in their bedroom or playroom.
You should end up with 8-12 toys that your child can play with at any one time.
You can then put these toys back and change them for others from your category boxes when you want to rotate their toys. Some people like to do this weekly but it's entirely up to you.
4) Out of sight!
It's quite important that the toys that aren't in rotation can't be found/accessed by your little ones as this can distract them from the toys you've already put out for them. Out of sight out of mind is the best way for storing the toys that aren't in rotation.
So you're unsure how often to rotate? That's fine, some parents stick to a weekly schedule some longer. It really depends on your routines and time. But every week is a good place to start.