As parents, we are told that a lot of toys will soon take over our lives. It's true that most of the time, parents face this disaster for about two years.
However, your child's toys can cause problems in your family for many reasons. Maybe it's the clutter that drives you crazy, or maybe your child only plays with a few favorite items and leaves the rest to collect dust. This may be because your child is overwhelmed by the number of toys they have, so they choose to avoid them altogether.
Storing toys wisely will encourage your children to imagine and get creative in their free time. Here are some methods to help you:
Many parents like to put all the toys on the floor so that they have a complete visual effect on them. Now is a good time to clean up some broken, outdated wooden blocks for crafts that your child is no longer interested in, as well as the toys that are given at the dinner table or spent a dollar at the store. And you’d better do it while the kids are out.
When you've cleaned up the toys you don't need, sort them out. By now, you may have matched the scattered pieces back to the plastic robot toys. The next step is to use a critical eye and begin to categorize them. You can sort them by the following list:
①Musical instrument - any toy that makes sounds or music, just like a wooden bell house.
②Sports toys - tricycles, jump rope, climbing toys, plastic bouncy balls, sports equipment, etc.
③Pretending toys - wooden doctor set, stuffed animals, etc.
④Construction toys - Legos, blocks, wooden fort toys, etc.
⑤Creating toys - art supplies, coloring books, play with dough, wooden train shed, etc.
⑥Thinking toys - puzzles, brain teasers, baby bead maze, etc.
⑦Board games - candy land, wooden alphabet abacus, etc.
Most parents want to give their children a variety of toys at different stages of development. Season, toy size, child age and many other factors will play a role in toy rotation. And always keep the main items outside, like your child's favorite wooden role play toys or the doll that she or he plays with most often.
Now comes the fun part: Start creating your rotation. Put one or more toys from each category into the rotation until you get to the desired number of rotations. Don't worry if your strategy isn't perfect.
To maintain the life of children's toys, large, stacked, tightly sealed storage containers are recommended. Also, find a safe place to store your containers. If you need climate-control, choose a self-storage facility with a concrete floor. Climate-control prevents the temperature from melting the plastic play food.
In general, life and children change at lightning speed. As with most parenting jobs, constant adjustments and updates are a must. You may find that your child needs more time to take particular toy rotations. There is always an ebb and flow when it comes to family life, so follow your family's unique pattern. You'll find a toy rotation easier and more beneficial than you think.