Looking for a solution to escape the mess, overwhelm and expense of your children’s toys? In today’s post I am sharing a strategy that has worked miracles in our household. I am excited to tell you exactly why you need to start a toy rotation system to help you to declutter and minimize your child’s toys.
Do children benefit from fewer toys?
When our oldest was a toddler I started to notice that she avoided independent play.
We provided her with an adorable and inviting bedroom with tons of toys, but she would never stay in there for too long.
I would get her set up with a few things to play with and allow her to get settled.
But a few minutes after I left the room I would typically start to hear her fuss, or she would come find me.
When I would sit with her she would easily become distracted or frustrated and then start her search for something new to do.
This was no bueno for a mama with an infant who had an entire household to manage, and worked from home!
All I needed was a few 20-30 minute chunks of time where she could entertain herself, so I could pay bills, pop a load of laundry in the wash and shove some food in my face.
But that wasn’t happening!
Desperate for some much needed downtime; I began to do some research and stumbled upon the book “Simplicity Parenting” by Dr. Kim John Payne.
The book ended up completely changing our way of life and led to our focus on simplifying and minimizing in order to increase the health and happiness of our family.
Toy Rotation helps to Avoid Clutter
As parents, we all want the best for our kiddos. We want them to play, laugh, learn and grow.
In the beginning it seems that toys are a great way to provide these experiences for our children.
But if you’re not careful; the toys will quickly take over.
The accumulation seems to happen almost instantly, and starts as early as the baby shower.
Suddenly, there are toys everywhere. And you are left searching for organization and storage ideas, as if you didn’t already have enough to do as busy mom running a household.
Toy Rotation can Improve Behavior
From all of this, I have discovered that the impact of too many toys is more than just a messy house.
The clutter and the expense is just the tip of the iceberg.
Having too many toys has been linked to
- Difficulty focusing on one task
- Behavioral problems
- Language delay
- Less meaningful play experiences
If you think your family might benefit from starting a toy rotation, I think you’re right.
Keep reading to discover even more reasons to start a toy rotation in your home.
10 Amazing Benefits of Toy Rotation
Clean up takes less time
When there are fewer toys out at a time, clean up and organization is quick and easy.
Toy Rotation Fosters Creativity
Having fewer toys available allows your child’s imagination to come to life. You will be amazed when you watch one toy suddenly start to be used in multiple different ways.
If your child starts to ask for new toys, it’s time to bring another bin out of storage! Your child will be excited to see their toys that have been MIA and you will save yourself a trip to the store to buy something new.
Decreased frustration and overwhelm
One of the most amazing benefits of toy rotation is the impact it can have on behavior.When your child is no longer overwhelmed by too many choices become able to fully engage with the toys they have without feeling frustrated and overstimulated.
Decreased stress and anxiety
This one is for you mom! If a cluttered and messy house stresses you out, you are not alone.Kid clutter was a huge part of my experience with postnatal anxiety and one of the motivating factors that got our family started with minimalism and simple living.When your home is neat and tidy you will be able to relax and stop feeling like you always have to clean.
New experiences create learning opportunities
This is a very simplified version of how children learn. When they have a new experience a new connection is created in their brain.When children play with the same toys day after day, they stop having new experiences.Toy rotation allows you to intentionally create learning opportunities as you re-introduce toys.
Increased independent play
When you start a toy rotation it creates the ideal environment for sustained attention.This allows your child to become engaged in their own play and creativity. The result is that they learn to keep themselves occupied for longer chunks of time.(PS – this is when you can focus on a little stress-relief or take care of other business)
Creates more space for actual play
Maria Montessori suggests that a home “be kept orderly to enable kids to maximize use of their play spaces.
When you start a toy rotation it allows you to create a space which is supportive of how children play. Children like to crawl, throw, build and roll around.
They need space for all of these activities, and if their bedroom is full of toys it will actually prohibit them from what they need to do to develop as a whole child.
- Allows you to redefine “spoiling”
Our culture typically spoils children by showering them with tons of toys. When your family decides that toys are no longer a necessity, family experiences and adventures often emerge as a new focus. Instead of spoiling your child with meaningless toys that clutter your home, you can spoil your child by through time spent together, creating memories and bonding as a family.
- Too many toys could hinder language development
Pediatric researchers discovered that this is especially true when young children play with electronic toys specifically marketed to promote language development.Researches noticed that when children played with a “talking toy” the parents responded less to their own child.It is that back and forth communication with a live human that creates strong language skills.When those experiences are less frequent, children’s language development is hindered.
There you have it mama! 10 important reasons why you need to start a toy rotation.