Hello there! We are fully relishing our winter break around here – there have been a lot of pajama days! While the girls are enjoying all their new goodies, I have been busy sorting, rearranging, and tidying toys, clothes, art supplies, etc. It always feels so good to freshen things up.
I tend to rotate the toys from the closet to the more visible shelves in the playroom and back again. It’s amazing how fun something is when you haven’t played with it for a month. Still, I notice the girls often playing with the same toys and forgetting about lots of other treasures around the house. I decided to basically take inventory, and write down all our toys (and some lesser-used art supplies) on cut-up index cards. I’m calling them Idea Cards.
I put all the cards in a bucket. When the girls are looking for something to do, or when I hear more squabbling than playing, they can choose a card from the bucket.
Even better, they can choose 2 cards and then come up with a way to play with those 2 items together. I think they will love the challenge of finding new ways to explore their toys. Wood blocks + playdough? Playsilks and puzzles? Such fun! :)
I’d love to hear your ideas on managing toys and making them accessible for your kiddos, too.
One of the Idea Cards in our bucket is our Junk Box. It’s a great go-to place for sparking creativity, plus I have a place to put all those cardboard rolls and plastic lids. You can read more about what I put in our Junk Box over at Blissful Kids today!