Toys are not only costly but when a kid has too many of them, they usually tend to create so much chaos. Being a minimalist, I easily tend to get overwhelmed when my baby wants to play with multiple toys. As a mum, I understand that some parents don’t have garages or playrooms to store toys. However, one thing that I have always relied on is the art of toy rotation. It’s one of the best ways of dealing with boredom and providing kids with new and exciting experiences.
Toy rotation is something that every parent should try. It helps to improve creativity and a deeper level of engagement. For an occupied mom like me, it makes cleaning easier. Another thing I have come to realize is that when the toys are so many, the kid is going to ignore some. This doesn’t mean that they don’t like those toys but it’s mainly because they have a wide range of choices. So, how can you effectively rotate toys? Well, below are some of the ideas that I find useful when it comes to toy rotation.
Divide the Toys
Split your kid’s toys into different categories. For instance, some of the best toys to rotate are moving toys, thinking toys, and pretending toys among others. Thinking Toys involve board games and puzzles because they help to facilitate fine motor and cognitive development. Moving Toys include cars and balls while the Pretending Toys are those that encourage emotional and social development e.g. dolls. You will find that creating different categories makes it easier to take an inventory.
Take an Inventory
After sorting the toys, you need to take an inventory. Normally, I take down records based on categories. Computers, tablets or smartphones provide the best way of taking toy details because they make editing easier and you can easily retrieve the documents. I usually record each toy set in a specific file to allow room for remarks and new ideas. Additionally, an inventory will help you to understand how you should pair the toys. You can also add the “special occasions set” for holidays and special events like birthdays.
Toy rotation can only be effective if you avoid using clear storage bins. Storing the toys where your kid can easily access them means that the rotation process won’t be effective. If you don’t have garage space, you can store them in a closet or high shelves. Note that when you are switching or mixing them, do it in their absence, for instance, when they are asleep.
Create a Rotation Schedule
There are many types of rotation schedules. I prefer the weekly rotation because this means that they don’t get to play with the same set of toys for long. Additionally, I don’t need to open a new set so soon. This helps them to enjoy and interact with all the types of toys. If you decided to use daily rotation, then you need around seven sets but this is only effective if you are a stay at home mom. Apart from the weekly rotation, you can use monthly rotation. However, this means that your child will be playing with the same types of toys for so long and they will easily get bored. If you can’t manage weekly rotation, then I recommend bi-weekly. Find something that works for you and your child then make the necessary amendments as you go.
Consider a Toy Swap
This is something that you should definitely try out. Find a group of parents who have children the same age as your kid and then do a box swap. Trust me, your baby is going to love the new toy variety. You can do this with different parents so that you expose your kid to a wide range of toys without necessarily buying new ones.
Dividing and effectively storing toys for rotation is a bit demanding but it’s one of the best ways to expose your baby to a “fresh” set of toys. For moms, it makes cleaning very easy since there are fewer chances of your baby generating a chaotic environment. My baby not only appreciates every “new” set, but I have also saved so much money that I could have otherwise used to purchase new sets.