Do you have children that easily get bored with their toys? Do they complain about not having anything to do? Do they play with a toy a few times and then leave it to take up space in the toy box or floor? Then this blog is for you!
I found myself in the same dilemma when my children were younger. Then I came up with an idea one day when I realized they had lots of toys and many were repeated type toys. For example, they might have two “ride on” toys or two shape sorters, etc. It was at this point that I decided to gather all the toys together and evaluate what they actually had. I threw away the toys that were broken or missing huge parts. I donated the toys they had outgrown or were causing lots of chaos at our house. When I was down to the toys that actually mattered, I created a toy rotation program.
I looked at what I had gathered and divided them into two or three separate groups depending on the amount of toys. I placed one of each type of toy in each group. For example, each group had: a building toy, dress up clothes, cars, dolls, brain challenge toys, etc. I placed each group into its own plastic tub which I purchased cheaply at Big Lots or Walmart. I placed one tub in the play room and placed the other tub/tubs in the attic. Then I sat down and discussed the guidelines with my children:
1. They weren't allowed to play with the toys in the attic until I pulled them out.
2. If they did, they lost the tub in the play room for the remainder of that day as well.
3. The toys would now be rotated every two weeks.
I also took this little meeting opportunity to remind them that I am not their mom to be their entertainment. I explained that saying “I'm bored” is not an option. I reminded them that God created the universe because He is brilliant, and we are made in his image which means we are also brilliant. This means that he created us and we can create ideas, games, and fun with our toys that he has blessed us with. Our ability to create is limitless so no excuse for boredom.
At the end of the two week period, I played a clean up game and they helped gather all the toys in the play room and place them in the tub. Then I took that tub to the attic and pulled out the next tub. It was like Christmas all over again. New toys and new ideas. Then I sent them on their way to create!