by Laura Berthiaume May 19, 2022 3 min read
Toy rotation is one of the best things you can do for your child, your home, your wallet, the environment, and (most important) your sanity.
The process is really simple. All you have to do is put away toys and materials that your child has lost interest in and bring out items that your child hasn't used in awhile. This keeps the play area fresh and engaging. Plus, it keep toys and Montessori materials interesting for so much longer. No need to buy new toys for every stage of development.
Because children change so much in the first 6 years, they use toys and materials differently, even just a month or two apart. For instance, a ring stacker (pictured below), has different uses for different ages.
First the child will just explore the wooden rings with all their senses - touching, mouthing, banging together. They may even try to stack a couple of them.
Next, the child will use it to develop fine motor skills, placing the rings on the dowel.
Lastly, the child will use it to learn size discrimination, placing the rings in order from largest to smallest or smallest to largest.
Once the child has mastered the intended use and is interested in pretend play, they might even use the pieces in their imaginative play.
Toy rotation has so many other benefits as well. It:
There's no set rules for toy rotation but here's a few simple guidelines to help:
Signs Your Child Is Ready for New Materials
You don't have to overcomplicate the storage. You can use whatever you have on hand, even empty shipping boxes, shoe boxes, or plastic bags. It's just helpful to keep all the pieces of a toy together.
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