Many parents struggle with understanding why their child won’t play independently or is easily distracted when they do.
You spent a lot of time and money on providing them an abundance of toys but never stopped to wonder if maybe there was a limit on how many they truly needed. There’s an old saying about how having less is ultimately having more—instead of taking toys away altogether, maybe consider a toy rotation.
Here are the five benefits of rotating your child’s toys, and hopefully, this helps you find some peace!
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
If a cluttered home stresses you out day in and day out, this can significantly reduce your own stress and anxiety. A toy rotation isn’t just for the children’s ease but also for the parents, who usually have to clean things up. Finding time for your friends to join you for dinner can be challenging when the dining room is always a disaster zone.
Increases Independent Play
When there isn’t much around your child, their focus can land solely on the task at hand. The engaged awareness in creativity and playing promotes and increases your child’s ability to play independently. This is a considerable benefit of rotating your child’s toys for both the children and parents. Independent play can also contribute to a parent’s ability to get things done around the home.
Decreases Clean Up Times
This is a slightly obvious result of having fewer toys; the cleanup of the toys you have out will take significantly less time. You don’t want to have an entire living room deconstructed or the toy box in hundreds of pieces. So consider making the toys they are into that week or month available and putting the rest in a storage bin. That way, you’ll only have to clean up three or four toys at a time.
When there isn’t an abundance of distraction, and they’re able to focus on just the things at hand, your child’s imagination and creativity have room to flourish. With enough time in this simplistic approach, the new purposes some of these toys will serve will amaze you.
Often, children become overwhelmed and frustrated when there are too many choices. And this is not only about toys. But by eliminating some of these choices, they have an easier time navigating the few options they have. For example, instead of having eight or nine musical instruments, they have just two varying sounds.