Feeling lost is a sea of toys? Toys that your children don't even play with most of the time? They just lie around serving no purpose other than taking up space in your home - we get it, we've all been there.
However, did you know there is a simple solution, and it works, not just a percentage of the time BUT ALL OF THE TIME? Toy rotation is a Montessori way of play and involves putting certain toys away for a set amount of time and then swapping those toys with the toys your child is currently playing with.
The whole idea is that not every toy they own is available every day, and the benefits are endless. Here are some of the many reasons and benefits of implementing it, and why we absolutely love it:
Do you feel like there are toys EVERYWHERE? By introducing a toy rotation system in your home, you will see a significant decrease in clutter. In fact, visual clutter is one of the biggest sources of stress at home. Take control and feel more relaxed by putting away a box or two of toys.
Fewer toys simply mean fewer toys to clean up. If you minimise the number of toys your child can play with it is easy to see which toys go where and makes it much easier for your child to help out. The method helps teach your child how to put toys back in their proper place, meaning less work for you.
With having fewer toys to play with on a daily basis, it also broadens their creativity, sparking their imagination allowing them to find new meaningful ways to play with their toys. You really have to see it to believe it.
If you walk past a toy shop and your child starts begging for a new toy, it's time to bring out a box of old forgotten toys. Wait until you see the excitement and appreciation on their faces when they see a jigsaw, book or building blocks they once loved resurface again.
Create more space
The chances are you have a small space for toys in your home, lets face it, very few people have a dedicated playroom. By boxing up some toys and putting them into storage, you are creating a bigger, better space for them to play and focus instead of feeling overwhelmed by toys.
Increases independent play
Clutter can affect them. making them feel stressed and overwhelmed just as much as it does with adults. By clearing up the physical clutter, it helps regulate them, allowing them to play independently and without having to worry about falling over other toys in the process.
Believe it or not, by simply introducing this system in your home, your child may sleep better at night. Fewer toys help engage their minds more thoroughly, and it deepens their playtime, meaning they can rest better at night time.