19 Apr How to rotate toys so your toddler does not get bored
In case you have never tried toy rotation, you can first begin by decluttering all the toys and to keep only the ones that your toddler most frequently plays with. Then, try to figure out the frequency with which you will be rotating the toys. This will allow you to estimate the number of boxes that you need.
There are various patterns of rotation that you can choose from. Essentially, you may choose one from the following:
Daily toy rotation
Daily toy rotation, as the name implies, will require you to rotate the toys on a regular basis. Hence, you will need 7 boxes of toys in total, each box for one particular day of the week. Those moms who stay at home are able to manage such a rotation better as compared to the working moms. This is because they have the time required to engage in new activities with their toddler every single day.
Weekly toy rotation
In this type of rotation, the toys are rotated on a weekly basis. The number of boxes simply depends on the number of toys that your child plays with.
Monthly toy rotation
Monthly toy rotation suggests that you will rotate the toys monthly. Hence, you will need no more than three boxes. In case there are a lot of toys that your child plays with, you may need more boxes. However, one downside of this type of rotation is that it can cause boredom to a child who carries great attention to detail.
This type of rotation is best suited for working mothers as it allows them to randomize their rotation pattern depending on their free time.
After deciding the most suitable rotation for your toddler, you can simply move on to the sorting part. Essentially, there are two ways to sort the toys. These include:
- Sorting the toys in boxes depending on the themes or categories such as by:
- role plays,
- board games,
- water play,
- tactile/ psychomotor,
- flash cards,
- costumes, and so on
- Randomizing the toys in the boxes
- give it a good proportionate mix from the categories above, according to your goals for the toddler/ child so that they are exposed to each elements
We consider the second of these options far better as it is highly convenient for the parent/guardian, and also provides plenty of diverse activities to the toddler at a time. All in all, the second sorting option works the best when you want to keep your toddler busy and distracted.
In case you go with the first option of having a theme for each box, it is rather easier to sort the toys based on multiple themes. For instance, in a single box, you can put 4 books, 4 animals, 4 dolls, 4 cars, and so on. So in case, your toddler has 20 animals, you can put 4 animals each in the box for every particular day. Similarly, divide the rest of the toys with the number of boxes, and include that number of in every single box. As a result of this, every box will carry a number of themes uniformly distributed throughout the week rather than randomly arranged toys.
In the end, try to figure out the pattern that which suits the best for your child and his/her age, and try to follow that particular rotation. This, however, may require some keen observation and time.