Toy overload sounds kind of fun, and it is for a while. But kids with too many toys quickly become overwhelmed and bored. Toy rotation is a time-tested way of beating the problem.
Even if you're not one to buy your kids loads of toys, they have a way of showing up anyway. The idea behind toy rotation is simple. Choose a small group of toys for your child to play with and box up the rest. Every so often, rotate fresh toys in to replace the existing toys. Your child gets the benefit of fewer toys at a time and "new" toys to play with regularly. You get the benefit of a less-cluttered room.
Our suggestion for starting a toy rotation goes something like this:
- Spend a few days watching to see what toys your child is into right now.
- Take all the toys out of the room except for those you've seen him play with.
- Put the rest into four big boxes that you can store somewhere. Try to somewhat balance out the types of toys in each box.
- Every week or two, bring a new box of toys into the mix.
Of course, whether your child participates in the process is up to you.
Child's Play: The Art of Toy Rotation [Playful Learning]