Six years ago, in January 2014, our tiny two-bedroom apartment was overrun with toys. Our two girls, ages 5 and 2 at the time, seemed overwhelmed with all their choices — and I was tired of cleaning up all day long. Things had to change! I decided to try a toy rotation system. (You can click here to read all about the organization and storage of our toys.)
I spent two whole days purging toys that were no longer played with and sorting the “keepers” into equal groups of like items.
Toy Rotation Categories
Sorting toys into categories is certainly not required, but it does make rotation easier! Each week, I would swap out the toys — one from each category — from our toy closet. I found that our toys fit into one of these six categories:
- Arts & crafts
- Fine motor/visual
(Keep in mind that it’s GOOD if your toys fit into more than category. This is just one way to keep your child’s play balanced, but it’s not meant to make your life harder.)
When you divide your toys into categories, you may find that one or more is out of balance. And if you’re looking for quality toys for your collection, here are a few of our favorites from each category:
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Fantastic Fine Motor Toys
Pegs + Foam Board
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