The other day my daughter pulled out a container of plastic eggs from Easter that I had put away in the closet. I left the eggs out for few weeks after Easter thinking that the kids would like to keep playing with them, but after a few days, the container just sat on the shelf in the toy room, so I decided to put it away.
My son found the eggs after he got up from his nap, and sat and played with them, quietly and uninterrupted, for almost 20 minutes! And this is a little boy who usually doesn’t sit still!
Read on for my idea for helping your kids to stay interested in playing with their toys.
One way to get more mileage out of the toys that you have, giving your kids “new” things to play with without constantly buying new toys and overrunning your house with those toys, is to set up a toy rotation system.
We did this a few months ago when I was tired of having so many toys to help my kids clean up in the toy room. I got two plastic bins, and asked them both to pick toys to put in the bins, and then I stored the bins up and away in their closet.
My original thought was that I would bring the boxes down and take the toys out of the box to play with, and put different toys in the box to be put away. The toys that had been in the box would be “new” and we could do it again in a few weeks.
I still think that’s a good idea, and could work well for toy rotation, but what we’ve actually ended up doing is bringing the boxes downstairs and letting the kids play with all the stuff in the box, which they get excited about because they haven’t seen the toys in a while, and it keeps them entertained and happy for a good chunk of time.
When they’re done playing, we put the toys back in the box and back into the closet. It makes clean up easy, because we know all the toys just go back in the box, and it’s a way to keep those toys “special”.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of toys your toddler has, or your looking for a way to get them to play with toys that they’ve not been interested lately, you should set up a toy rotation system to see how it works for you. Toddlers will love the “new” toys they get to play with, and you’ll love that you didn’t have to spend a dime!