My First Toy Rotation
Since setting up our Montessori-esque space for my little one a couple of months ago, I have finally finished my first toy rotation! And with much success! I’m feeling super duper proud of myself.
I’ve got the toy rotation blogs pinned on Pinterest, and I’ve read about it on the mommy Facebook pages, but I hadn’t actually gotten around to doing it. Here’s the original inspirational toy rotation post (I pinned this before I even had babies! Or was thinking about babies) I once read and instantly fell in love with the idea.
Toy Rotation: Not Yet, But Then
Toy Rotation hadn’t been done yet because there wasn’t a need. In our mere 9 months, he had yet to get bored. Walter has been interested in the toys we had, and more recently pre-occupied with his desire to GO EVERYWHERE – the kid is on the move, and ain’t nothing getting his way.
But the other day, I noticed him slow down a bit (I’ll be eating my words tomorrow) and get cranky and be super not-interested in his toys, but just being a 9-month old TERROR. So, when he went down for a nap, I did a tidy up.
Honestly, we don’t have many toys. I keep the spare toys in a bin in his room, and some in the white drawers of his shelf (he hasn’t figured that out yet).
The big thing was actually scaling down the toy shelf. While, he doesn’t have many toys out, he does have more than you think. Now the only toys to play with are in his cube. There aren’t toys anywhere else on the main floor of the house (there were toys on other low shelves in other corners of the living room).
So far, the toy rotation has been a success. He’s wandered over and played with a few of the different toys and seems to be more engaged and interested with the toy shelf as a whole.
Never have the toys been played with as much this week, compared to the week prior. So that is a success.
Wondering what’s on his toy shelf.
Top Left: Squish
Top Right: Stuffed Bunny Rabbit (Easter Gift)
Bottom Left – Right: Wooden ring, stacker, Assortment of trucks and cars, wooden percussion instruments, DIY Busy Book
Toy Rotation Plan Going Forward
I think we will just continue forth on the going with it strategy of parenting and play. I’ll change out the toys when he gets bored again. Already, some haven’t been touched and I’ve already put them away for something else (the bunny rabbit went away, and I got a Fisher Price plastic stacker that might be a little easier for him to practice than the wooden one I have #garagesalewin)
Furthermore, I’m going to take Playful Learning to heart and actually start following more of her steps. Soon we’ll have more toys, and toys will become more important. <3
I think I might soon put away our big mirror since he doesn’t seem to interact with it anymore (besides standing and shaking it). Any Montessori moms have any insight on when might be time to retire the mirror?
When was the last time toys got rotated in your home? Do you do it on a schedule, or with the wind?