04/02/2016

Rotating Your Childs Toys

Kids these days have so many toys, do you agree? Are you currently thinking about your living room/playroom? Of course you are, because I don't know one family household who couldn't admit to it being toy overrun. Our homes have evolved into millions of tiny IKEA stockpiles all around the world harvesting almost every aspect of their well stocked storage units for desperate parents just like me looking to keep everything a tad organised.


I'm looking at my living room now and I think if I was to pull out a toy from Pennys toy storage tomorrow and passed it to her, she would think it were new because she just cant appreciate what she has as she just has so so much. Of course Penelope is just one years old so she does not appreciate much else other than a clean bottom, food, and her dummy but I'm talking about any child...they would be just the same whether 1 or 10 years of age.

Kids have too many toys that they just don't know what to do with them. Oh wait...Penelope thinks she has the right idea on how to make good use out of them. She likes to simply throw everything, tip it all out, and shuffle it all around the floor for the simple fact of making mess, not even playing! She'll go from one toy/area to the next and moves on once its destroyed or shes content with reaching that 5ft throw goal. Anyone else feel me here? To me this screams that my child is overwhelmed and does not know what to do with herself.

We bought her a play table for Christmas on which we set up a wooden farm to play on. The first two weeks she found it thrilling and enjoyed playing with it all, but then I noticed all she did was climb on it and throw everything around not playing at all just being destructive. I decided to try something 
different. 
She normally sticks to the same old toys as they are her favorites and all the others are forgotten about. Favorites are welcomed of course. She has a woody doll,  buzz light year, and her potato heads which I don't think would be fair of me to put away as she would be lost without them. But the rest? Well...they can be rotated. I'm making it my mission to start making use of all of Penelopes toys. 

When she woke up the next morning after having this new epiphany. I brought her downstairs like anyother day and her face lite up, again 'NEW TOYS?!'. But she was so intrigued by her new play table area that she began to play nicely with those toys I'd set out. By just rotating a few toys one night she is playing nicely again. Mess today has improved, shes not running around tipping everything in sight. Instead shes playing with those few toys I pulled out to surprise her. 

This is now going to be something I do regularly, I'll put the old toys minus a few of her most favorites and rotate new ones every few days. Who knows this might bring her out of herself more, might encourage her into becoming interested in different things and making new/more most favorites.
Finally some of those many toys that sit unappreciated in storage cubes might get a little TLC, not a total waste of money after all. Can you tell I've been watching Toy Story too much? Am I worrying about the poor toys being 'left behind'? Yes. Woody would be proud of me!


       
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12 comments:

  1. This such a good idea! Rosalie doesn't have that many toys but I still think they get lost. I might get a little table and chair set so I can sit the toys of the day on it. Probably not the idea to buy even more! :-s

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    1. The table and chair idea is fab. Definitely worth investing in. Your'll use it for everything x

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  2. I don't know why I don't do this! I do find myself hiding the odd train from time to time when Joshua becomes obsessed with one particular one, but I don't think to take them all away so he plays with something else! This is an awesome post, thanks hun x

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    1. Your welcome lovely. It sounds abit cruel but I don't mean take away favourite toys just everything but and swap them out x

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  3. such a good idea. I often discover toys that were so loved at the bottom of the toy chest and they act like its a brand new one x

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    1. Its so sad isnt it. When you first give them the new toy they seem amazed yet its forgotten about in 5 minutes. x

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  4. What a good idea! We have an ikea expedit with 16 compartments and although I categorise, there's always a few boxes of random toys which never see the light of day!

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    1. Oh how funny, I've never come across someone else who categorises their kids toys. I am obsessed with doing it. At least I'm not the only one!x

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  5. I had a toy box in the bedroom with most of their toys in and then one downstairs, I would swap the toys over now and again and they would do the same! It doesn't change, mine are now 6 and still get excited when they find toys they haven't played with for a while! I love her little toy table!

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    1. Haha! Oh lord so you've got a 5 year head start on me then. I better get used to it! x

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  6. I think it's a great idea to rotate toys, I do it with my daughter too as she has so many! It means they all get played with and it keeps her occupied for longer. I love that wooden table! :) x

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    1. Exactly, glad you like the table it was from George Home, for £25 bargain! Its reversible too, so you have a town theme, or a farm xx

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