This time I put my suggestions on rotating toys to the test. I put away all of the toys from the previous rotation and then I filled the shelves with what felt right. I didn’t count or think of what kind of toys I was putting out, because I wanted to see if the rotating rules could become second nature and something you could learn to do very quickly. If people are really going to rotate toys and consider categories, it has to happen in a reasonable amount of time. It only took me about 5 minutes to pick the new toys and set them up. When I was done, I snapped some pictures for you so you could judge the outcome.
This is what we ended up with from the top of the shelf down…
- Baby Diaper Changing Set
- Shape Sorter
- Band Set
- Pet Puzzle
- Stuffed Turtle
- Nesting/Stacking Cups
- Purse & Phone Set
Plus, ten books, the kitchen and doll furniture set, and the chalkboard.
So, how’d I do? I’d say not too bad on the overall numbers, just over by a few toys. But what about having the right balance of toys? While some of them surely overlap, this is the basic breakdown by category…
Thinking Toys (5) – Shape sorter, Pet Puzzle, Blocks, Nesting/Stacking Cups, and Chalkboard
Moving Toys (2) – Ball, Band Set
Pretending Toys (5) – Baby Diaper Changing Set, Microphone, Stuffed Turtle, Purse & Phone Set, and Kitchen & Doll Furniture
I think that’s pretty good. I probably could have a few more moving toys, but we visit the park most days to allow her to climb, swing, run, and jump, so I’m not too worried about that area of development being neglected.
AND, now we know it’s doable. You CAN learn these rules, apply them quickly to your rotations, and end up with a simple, smart, and fun play space.
What do you think? How’d I do? Is this a play space your little one would enjoy or is something missing?
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