The Taming of the Toys
From the moment you open the doors, all you see is chaos. Blocks are strewn about to the left, trains thrown off the tracks to the right, a toy plane swings from a ceiling fan above, and those popular plastic blocks are stabbing your feet with every agonizing step. Yet in the middle of this GI Joe warzone, you will often find one or more smiling children, happily engaged in the chaos that can be playtime.
While playtime can seem chaotic at first glance, it doesn’t have to be. The two major areas of focus for organized chaos are:
Organize the individual toys
We live in a world where many of the cool toys come with more pieces than a child can keep track of. It is important to do “checkups” on the toys and games your kids are playing with to make sure all of the pieces are accounted for, the toy functions properly, it has batteries, etc. If the toy passes the “checkup,” it is easier for a child to engage in play rather than toss it aside with frustration. Be sure to get rid of toys that your kids are no longer interested in because they are too easy, missing too many pieces or just plain don’t work. This will keep kids inspired by the toys they have and their imaginations won’t get crowded out by the toys that need to be retired.
Keep the environment in mind
Providing a space that is clear of clutter, noise and other distractions can go miles for keeping things as orderly as possible. Maybe you have a space in your house for playing with toys? It is easy to keep the TV on, but not everyone can filter out that background noise. Lessening distractions is really key for kids connecting during play with others and the toy itself.
With the two major areas of focus in mind (toys and environment), here are some toys and tips to help children understand organization and motivate them to maintain order.
Toys that can help organize:
Toy Tamer Bags: These bags are the self-proclaimed cure for the black holes of toy boxes! With different sizes and fun colors to choose from, Toy Tamer Bags let children see the toys they want to play with and provides them the independence to choose. Not only are these bags genius at keeping parts of the same toy together, kids can also have fun with the label slot, as they create a custom tag to describe what’s inside.
Weplay Rainbow River Stones: The organizational elements of Weplay products are aplenty. Many of their toys are have opportunities for space saving storage. The Rainbow River Stones neatly nest within one another and come with a storage bag for portability. Involving cleanup as a component of playtime can go a long way for teaching kids responsibility.
Happy Heart Kid: Each Happy Heart Kid kit is a self-contained activity center around a different social/ emotional concept. The box it comes in along with the step-by-step instructions can be a resourceful way to introduce children to keeping the kits in order while following directions to complete the project. With kits focusing on topics like empathy and generosity, children can learn more about these sometimes complex feelings, making them more capable of handling them in an orderly fashion.
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