Over the weekend we realized it had been too long since we had done our rotation. So, we decided it was a great time to get in one rotation before we had to sort and tend to the gifts from the holidays.
Here’s how it looked.
This is the “before” shelf where most of the toys are kept.
When you dump out all of the toys from the shelf, this is what you get (marked with a T for thinking, M for moving, or P for pretending toy):
- Banana basket from Halloween costume – P
- Tutu – P
- Busy box – T
- Musical instruments – M
- Random stuff accumulated from bathtub or toys not in rotation – P
- Finger puppets – P
- Stacking Cups – T
- Ball – M
- Figurines – P
- School Bus – M & P
- Feeding, Sleeping, & Toothbrushing Tools – P
- Dolls & stuffed animals (Yes. Too many pretending. There’s seven!) – P
Plus, too many books. Fifteen!
In addition to the toy & book shelf we had out her dollhouse (yet another pretending toy)…
her ride-on/push toys (finally, some more moving toys!)…
…and we don’t leave this out and accessible all of the time, but we do have a coloring, drawing, bubbles, sticker, playdough basket that we pull out most days, which is considered a thinking toy.
So, in total we had 15 toys or sets of toys (not counting the art basket), with way too many pretending toys, and too many books.
NOW…for the “after” or the NEW ROTATION. Here’s what we did.
For thinking toys, we put out large nesting and stacking blocks, a puzzle, and small stacking blocks.
For moving toys, we put out her bumble bee pull-toy, rocking horse and a large ball.
For pretending toys, we left out her dollhouse, and put out a purse and phone set, and pared down baby feeding and pretending set.
We put away the old books and picked just 8 new ones.
Then put it away all pretty.
And she LOVED it the next morning.
If you like reading about rotating toys, make sure you read Toy Rotation, The Real Deal for a super speed rotation.