Back in February I reorganised the children’s toy shelf that we have in the family living area. I had noticed how over the last week or so, the majority of the toys were remaining untouched and the preschooler and toddler were looking for other things to play with.

I try to rotate the toys on a quarterly basis, so today’s rotation was a little over due. The main changes I made were to cater for the new interests of the children.

For the preschooler this meant including:

    - Fruit Counters – for playing shops and explaining basic mathematical concepts like one to one matching and patterns.
    - Dinosaur Dominoes Game – Possum is very into multi player games at the moment, but this is also one that she has made up her own little games to play.

For the toddler I included:

    - Wooden Blocks – he is obsessed with building towers!
    - Cotton Reels – perfect for practising fine motor skills with threading and of course can be stacked as a tower.
    - New Puzzles – changed over the puzzles to dinosaurs and firemen, which will hopefully stimulate his interest in puzzles again.

How do you manage the children’s toy’s at your house?

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  • Fern June 19, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I have three crates, there’s always one in the lounge, one in the family room and one being stored in a cupboard in the computer room, I switch them out every couple of months :) I think he would be quite happy with just the one box, it seems junk mail and tupperware are far more exciting that all the expensive toys our family have bought him!

    Ferns last blog post..Bags Galore!

  • katef June 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    We rotate our toys around every month – or whenever the girls ask me too and I feel they have a valid reason for wanting it LOL.

    We don’t have much storage so we try to keep the amount of toys we have to a minimum and choose open ended toys that can be used in a variety of ways. Plus my kids are a tad rough with toys given half the chance and since constant supervision in this house is impossible the toys that are out all the time have to be pretty indestructible and not able to used for evil…as well as safe for a one year old who eats everything… a tall order I know.

    So we have a ‘toy corner’ in the lounge room (I should photograph it and blog it one day!) which includes the wooden stove and sink, a small table and chairs and a shelf with baskets for the toys we change. We also have a cupboard where we lock away puzzles and art and craft things and other things with small pieces which the girls are allowed at any time if they ask.

    I have dreams of a much more child friendly house though, with more spaces for the kids to play.

    katefs last blog post..The Yellow Wiggle

  • Alison June 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I tend to rotate toys when I think about it, not really as a regular thing. Usually when the girls rediscover something I’ll bring out a few different toys as well and then pack away some of the ones that have been in the toy box for too long. We could probably benefit from a more organised system, though. Me especially, as I am always finding toys I’d forgotten about and spending too much time “packing them away”!

    Alisons last blog post..Shopping with Bob

  • Tony Heywood June 20, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    This is a really good idea. My son has just had his sixth birthday, which means new toys. Need to resort everything into new spaces. Can’t move the lego mind – they always play with that.

    If you children toys are no-longer loved you could sell them on jumbleworld.

    online auction sites
    used toys online

  • PlanningQueen June 20, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    fern – It really is the real life stuff that the little ones like.

    Kate – I would love to see a photo of your toy corner. It sounds like it would be just what my daughter would want!

    Alison – My husband complained that I had put out too many toys that had lots of pieces and would make more work packing it away! It has been ok so far though, so I will see if the toddler can resist just tipping everything on the floor.

    Tony – Lego is a stayer in our house too.

  • Marita June 22, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    We used to rotate toys fortnightly. But I’ve discovered with both my girls at kinder, swimming, calisthenics and out 6 days out of 7 that the toys very rarely get played with anyway.

    The things they are interested in – drawing, art, craft, playdough I keep handy in the kitchen. The rest of their stuff lives in their bedroom and on rare occasions they even play with it. Mostly I keep the toys for when we have guests around or parties with lots of little kiddies.

    Maritas last blog post..Sunday School / Church Social Story

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