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Provider_Manda 08-15-2016 07:39 AM

Toy Rotation Question
For those who do the tote rotation for toys, how do you do it? Do you still leave toys out plus the tote? Or is everything in the tote? I need to do something toys are overtaking my home!

spedmommy4 08-15-2016 07:51 AM

I have additional outside storage. It used to be the garage, but now I have a shed with plastic totes on shelves. Every few weeks I rotate out some of my materials. Toys and furniture I'm not using stay outside.

Second Home 08-15-2016 08:58 AM

I have a toy tote bin in my basement .Monthly I switch out some thing from the playroom and tote . Once it is in the tote it stays there until the next month .

Crazy8 08-15-2016 09:56 AM

When I refinished my basement I took one of the extra 9 cubbie units (had from when I rearranged my playroom) and got 9 more of the same bins we use in the playroom and filled them with the rotating toys. Now its super easy to change out toys - I can grab just 1 bin or 2-3 to replace what was out.

MrsSteinel'sHouse 08-15-2016 11:02 AM

I have single item small bins. Sometimes I just pull out a particular thing kids are asking for- the doctors kit- and add it to what we have. (placing item into a plastic shelf bin) Sometimes I change out all/ most of the toys. Certain things tend to stay out, phones, cameras etc, baby dolls. Other things rotate- types of play food, building blocks etc.

So single item bins, dump into plastic baskets. Put other toys back into their single item bin. Those are how most of my toys are stored.

Then I have larger bins that contain an entire theme (most of these are seasonal) So right now I have a beach/ summer bin. Then bin sits in the dinning room and I pull out appropriate items depending on the day. In it there are items for the sensory bin. Craft items that go with the theme. Books etc. There are some very theme specific puzzles in there. But things like the fish puppets get put back into their smaller bin because we may want those another day. I am looking forward to pulling out my fall bin!! It has all of the apples and leaves and fun stuff in it:)

I will try and take some pictures of my organization when I switch out Labor Day weekend. I am moving my two "kids" in the next 2 weeks- son next weekend back to college, daughter the next weekend to a different apartment so that is the first time I will have... but I will be ready for fall then:)

EntropyControlSpecialist 08-15-2016 11:04 AM

I have three large bins that I rotate things in and out of. One is vehicles and things that move, one is dramatic play (baby doll items, dress up items, food items, etc.), and one is misc.

I used to use a schedule. Now I just rotate when they start acting bored with the selection. Certain things stay out all the time.

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