Updated: May 6
Are you struggling with having too many toys and nowhere to store them after Christmas? Toy rotation is a great and really effective system to implement that will solve this problem and renew your child's interest in what they have.
The idea is simple, but it does take some time and a lot of organisation, especially when you're first setting the system up - stick with it though, it's well worth the effort!
You will need:
Time, a chunk of a couple of hours for the initial organisation.
Clear, lidded plastic boxes - like these (aff link)
A cupboard/loft/shed to store the boxes.
Organise your toys into categories: puzzles and games, figures, Lego, Duplo or building blocks, animals, vehicles etc.
Choose half of the categories to stay out - these may be toys that naturally lend themselves together if you want to create a theme for your play, stick your child's current interests or they may be randomly chosen, either is fine!
Box up the remaining toys, one category per box - clear boxes are best here so that you can see what's inside at a glance.
Store these boxes away, somewhere out of sight. Use any extra space that you've created to display some toys or books so that your children can see what's available to them.
6) After a period of time has passed (one week, two weeks or one month for example) you'll notice that your children are no longer getting as much from the toy selection. Now is the time for you to switch the toys around, either leaving some in situ or swapping them all out at once. It'll be like Christmas day all over again when the toys are swapped and 'new' toys are provided!