Call For Toy Rotation Experts (You!)

Over and over I get questions about my Toy Rotation. You all have asked me, what about…

  1. Multiple kids. You’ve wanted to know over and over how many toys should you have out if you have multiple kids (different ages, boys and girls, twins, etc).
  2. Sets. One mom specifically asked for a boy toy example. She said  that all of the trains and car racing sets have a lot of parts that don’t easily fit in typical storage bags. I think whether you have boys or girls, trains or cooking sets, a lot of parts can be a challenge.
  3. Older kids. Most of my rotations have targeted toddlers and preschoolers, but what about kindergarten and beyond?
  4. Storage. Where do you put the toys that are out of rotation?!  You’ve cried out, “I have no storage!”

Some of these questions I’ve responded to in the comments section of that original post, in direct emails, or even in follow-up posts. For example, in Why Your Toys Need A Makeover we touched on a multiple child toy rotation, sets, and storage. BUT, some of you want more! And I want to give it to you!

So, I decided there needs to be a “Toy Rotation – The Rest of The Story” post and I’d love for you all to help me write it!

If you’ve rotated toys at your house, you’re now an expert, so please share. You can contribute by emailing me directly at kim at thelittlestories dot com or through the contact page by July 9th.

  1. Please highlight one of the four areas of difficulty (multiple kids, sets, older kids, storage) you are addressing in your rotation.
  2. If you have pictures or links, please provide them too, because the more others can actually see your rotation, the more easily they can apply it to their own situation.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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12 Responses
  1. What a brilliant idea – I am STILL a complete failure at this – you would be ashamed of the state of our house and the lack of focus that J and T sometimes have because of it. One of my summer jobs is toy organisation and getting a system in place – it’s really stupid especially as we have theme weeks as well!!!!!

  2. Anna says:

    Cannot wait to see this. I’ve heard of toy rotation of course, but haven’t got beyond ‘put half the toys away’ and we still end up with almost no toy s being played with. I’ve got a 4.5 year old and a 9 month old, so no overlap with toys, and the big kids toys are nearly all choke hazards for the little kid… oye…
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  3. Ashley says:

    I just found your blog last week and got inspired! I started clearing out the playroom yesterday but with a 4yr old girl, 2yr old boy and 3 month yr old boy am stuck to know how many toys to keep out and what to rotate! Going to try and do my best as they are not playing with anything and that room just stays a mess constantly – which right now I don’t have time to tidy up!

  4. Nikki Barbre says:

    ~Add to Reader~

    I am very interested to see what others have come up with. I only have one little boy and I know I have been bombarding him with way too many choices. I have begun putting toys into bins and labeling for my own benefit… but, as far as a rotation… I would love to know how.
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  5. Just now finding your blog and love it! Have sat and read many posts and just subscribed.

    Look forward to hearing more toy rotation/storage suggestions. :)

  6. Heather says:

    I’m sad I missed the deadline on this! Reading and implementing your plan for rotating toys has been a lifesaver for us!

    I have 4 kids – the oldest is 6 – and we had too many toys! I rotate the toys once every 2 weeks now. We’re still finding a good balance on the number of toys needed for a multiage group, but even the kids are loving what we’re doing so far.

    This was our first rotation:

    I’ve also created invitations to play during the rotation too – last time I included a cash register and shopping cart among the toys and set the playroom up as a store (pics and blog post will be coming soon).

    I’m getting ready to rotate the toys out again tonight.
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  7. Alison says:

    I have 7 dc. Yep, 7. They range from 14yrs-10months. Toys are always an issue. I live in a larger home, but even now we don’t have a play room. I have lived in much smaller homes 1100sqft.

    Rubber Maid(sp?) bins. Mine are not clear but colored. I use the big ones for our big collections: Duplo blocks, wooden train set, play kitchen items, and Legos. These are nice because small children generally can’t open these containers :) so they have to ask to play with these items. It also makes for quick clean up. These types of bins also stack nicely in a closet or can be stored under a table.

    I use open large round bins for stuffed animals and dolls. These are in the young girls bedroom. My policy is that if they don’t fit it’s time to cull. All dolly clothes are stored in medium (sweater sized) clear bins. These I keep on a shelf or else they get scattered. Dress up is kept in a hamper and I take it away every few weeks so they don’t scatter so often, or end up in my laundry.

    Some things I have learned is that you must cull toys frequently! Trash (paper, bits, odds & ends) must be tossed weekly. Don’t buy toys- people are always giving stuff away… Children need little to have fun. No matter how good my “system” is children will still make messes, and we will still have to clean them up together. Even the big kids need help cleaning up their room :)

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