*This is a sponsored post from Pley
My two daughters have birthdays very close to each other.... in January! With Christmas and two birthdays in less than four weeks we end up with sooooo many toys at the start of each year. We are lucky to have very generous family members (grandparents in particular) so they do get a lot of new toys. We have found that giving the children access to all of the toys all of the time actually leads to them getting bored of them. Some of the ways we combat this are:
- Only putting out a small amount of toys at a time. By limiting the toys available, you will will find that they are more likely to choose something to play with it than when they have access to everything.
- Rotate the toys that you do have out. Limiting the toys is great, but changing them frequently keeps them exciting. I normally change ours over every 3-4 days depending on how much time we have spent at home. A good way to organize a toy rotation system is to split them up into clear plastic containers. When you want a new lot of toys, bring out a new box and move the old box to the back. I have 5 of these at the moment and we rotate though them over a period of two to three weeks.
- Organize toys into categories (puzzles, dress ups, cars, dolls, craft etc) and bring them out one at a time. You will find that will be excited about getting out the dress up box for the morning and will be more engaged with the toys than if they were in their regular toy box.
- Have theme weeks. We will sometimes choose a topic like The Ocean and then theme all of our toys for that week around it. We will borrow ocean books from the library, put ocean animals in the water table and get out our Octonauts toys. You can do this with any theme and it makes a great learning experience as well as being lots of fun.
- Suggest family members contribute to a toy subscription service like Pley. Toy subscription services are great! I like to refer to Pley as the Netflix of toys. You select which toys you would like to receive, with plans starting from as little as $9.95 a month, keep them as long as you like. There's no time for your kids to get bored of the toys because when you are done with them you post them back (free of charge) and there's no need to find a place to store them. The best part is that the next toys on your wishlist are automatically sent out to you. Pley has recently added lots of new toys from brands like LeapFrog®, vtech®, Lego® and Fisher Price®, which are great for toddlers. There are gift subscription and gift card options available too. You can find out more about Pley’s toy subscription service at www.pley.com.au