Today the blog has a very nice guest post by her friend Talita Rodrigues from the blog Só Melhora, with tips for the organization of toys together with children!
A mother knows that after her children the house is never the same. No matter how hard we try to organize, toys seem to come out of nowhere! The question that remains is: how to organize the toys with the children?
I guess I’m not the only one with a tent decorating my living room. I’m not the only one who has scars on her feet from stepping on little pieces.
After getting tired of putting my son’s mess together over and over again, I decided to involve him in the organization process. And you don’t have to wait long for that. Even better if this learning process starts early!
At the age of 2, children are already able to understand the concept of keeping. It’s a great time to teach them that after playing, they need to save. The beginning can be a bit tiring and time consuming, but it is repeating many and many times that they acquire the habit.
There is no doubt that playing is as important as feeding. It is through play that the little ones learn concepts such as organization, respect and responsibility. It is up to us, parents, to give the opportunity for all this learning to happen.
Some tips for organizing toys with children
1. explain that there is a time to play and there is a time to keep
The child will understand the whole process. Play has a beginning, middle and end – and the end involves keeping the material that was being used;
2. Respect the child’s rhythm
The little ones will probably take longer than the adults to store the toys. We need to be patient and wait that time, because only then (with persistence and consistency) will they understand their responsibility;
3. Have shelves/drawers at children’s height
It is impossible for the little ones to keep the pieces in places they can’t reach. We need to prepare the environment to facilitate this activity. Shelves and drawers not only at their height, but also with easy access, are essential;
4. Separate the toys by categories
It helps a lot to have boxes or baskets for each type of toy. It is much easier to store toys when they are organized by categories. One box for carts, another for dolls. One drawer for balls, another for painting material.
When the children are still very young, we can help them in this process. But helping is different from doing it for them! They will only learn if we let them do it for themselves.
We can make combinations like, “You keep the carts and I’ll keep the little pieces.” Or, “You keep the dolls in this drawer and I’ll keep the doughnuts in this other drawer.”
As they grow, we can increase the responsibility. The combination may be: “you keep the pencils in that box and the paints in that other one”. Or, “You keep the balls in the basket while I finish dinner.”
When friends start going to the house, you have to remind the little one of his responsibility for what is his. He needs to explain to his friends the rules of the house, how to play without getting hurt and that after playing they need to keep.
So everyone has fun without getting hurt. And there’s not a whole mess left for Mommy to keep. And surely the fun can start again the next day!
Organization of toys in poetry
I really like to express myself in verses and I made a poetry especially for this theme. You can use the poem to read with the children and introduce the theme.
How about using the verses below to talk about the organization of toys? Then tell me if the idea worked, okay?
Each thing in its place
It’s always good to play!
And to keep it that way
Each thing returns to its place
When the game is over.
Ball, doll and cart,
Mass, blocks and pen,
Everyone has their own basket,
Each in a drawer.
If you leave everything organized
nobody’s gonna get hurt.
It is part of learning
know where to keep it, too.
Who learns from an early age
It grows up committed and unafraid.
Taking care of your toy
It’s easy and there’s no secret!
Talita 27/09/18 15:09
What’s the toy organization like out there? Are the children involved in the process? Tell us about it here in the comments!
For those who want tips on how to organize their clothes drawers (for children and ours!), you can check this post: Organize Clothes Drawers
And for those interested in knowing more poetry of my own, I leave another very special one: Poetry from mother to son
Talita Rodrigues Nunes, 37, married to her prince Charlles and mother of Vinicius, 5. Writes poetry and reflections on post-maternity life in the blog Só Melhora.
Hugs, Mayara Figueredo!