Hello my looooves! How are you doing after these holiday festivities have settled? I’m sure most people are thankful that the chaos has come to a halt.
I, for one, am happy to be settled into a normal routine, again. And, speaking of routine, here is one routine, or rule, I suppose, that I think is super important: 10 Toys Only!
Let me preface this by saying this by saying this was not my idea. I’m not sure who came up with this idea but this is an idea that we have adopted and continue to utilize in our home.
The “10 Toy Rule” is one that allows for a child to only have 10 toys in 1 space, at a time.
We gave birth to our oldest daughter, Penelope, 2.5 years ago and quickly accumulated WAY TOO MANY toys!!! The thing about having too many toys, or as my daughter would say “a mess a mess of toys,” is that kids get over stimulated. Over stimulation leads to boredom and irritability. My husband and I noticed that Penelope would take ALL of her toys off the shelves and put them on the couch, then she would get super cranky. I would have to calm her down and put everything away. At first, I thought this was just a normal 2-year-old thing to do.
Then, about a year ago, someone had mentioned the “10 Toy Rule” and we quickly enforced it. Play time shifted from a dreaded experience, on both of our parts, to an enjoyable time.
With only 10 toys, she actually plays with each one. Wanting to test this theory, I slacked one month and let her have more than 10 toys. We went right back to her cranky, tantrums and overall boredom.
I’m sure you’re wondering what I did with all of the toys. So here are some helpful tips that I’ve learned in the last year:
Rotation, rotation, rotation.
LOL. We kept toys that we knew she liked but just wasn’t playing with. Now, if we noticed that she doesn’t play with a certain toy for about a month then we will swap it out for one of her old toys. When you bring in one of the toys they’ve forgotten about, it makes it feel new again! So… You’re basically like a year long Santa for your kids. You’re welcome!
We keep all of the sets together acting as 1 toy. For example, Penelope has a Peppa Pig House that comes with furniture and all the pigs. (I know you know who I’m talking about so I won’t go into detail.) We consider that set to be 1 toy rather than counting all the pieces. That would jus be exhausting.
Keep everything organized. We have color coded containers for each toy. It helps to limit bringing out all of the toys at once. And, we make sure that she puts one container away before she gets the next one out.
Swap toys every month.
This helps to keep things new and exciting for children, especially toddlers. Kids are huge sponges and get easily bored when they’re not learning or creating something new.
I hope you enjoyed this rule/ routine/ guideline. This has been so huge for us and I hope it works for you too!
May your day be full of love and laughter!