Toys are everywhere. Pouring out of our doors in the house; to the car, outside, garage, and even in beds! Ever notice your child starting to lose interest in the toys they have? Constantly wanting new ones. Yes, we’ve all been through this cycle. However, the fewer toys in your house the better! This gives little ones the chance to explore and be creative with the toys they have.

Fewer Toys

Let’s talk about birthdays and holidays.  It’s inevitable to receive endless toys and gifts. My family and I started a “no toys, only-books for gifts” as part of our birthday and holiday traditions. It’s so worth it! Now we don’t have to feel guilty for returning or giving away toys. 

4 Reasons Why Fewer Toys is Better 

I read an interesting article about why having fewer toys is a better option.  Here are four reasons why.

  •  more creative, imaginative play
  •  less chance for distraction
  • more quality play time
  • my favorite! Fewer toys create a calmer less chaotic home

Organizing Toys 

It helps to have bins or a shelf that is designated for toys so your little ones can help clean up. Keep between one and two toys in each bin. A block or lego bin should have a good amount in each to build with. Having a shelf helps to limit toys that are out while keeping the house a little neater. All the other toys not in use, keep organized in a closet and rotate them when you see your little one getting tired of their current toys. When the “closet toys” come out your children will think they are new! Parent hack 101! Come up with a rotation system that works for your family. 

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Make a Theme for Each Month 

If you’re like me and like to place books and toys that follow a specific theme this can make your child interested in what you may be teaching them. Your baby will enjoy looking at pictures in books. His/ hers expanding imagination helps them learn that pictures in books relate to things in the world around them.

Open-ended Toys and Structured Toys 

Research has shown that open ended toys are best for early learning and development. Open-ended toys are toys that don’t have a goal. These toys can be played in various ways, no right or wrong way. For example, this toy could be given to 5 different children and they may all play with it differently (how they see fit or based on their interests). Structured toys are toys that have a clear goal. These toys can only be put together one way. For example a puzzle, nesting blocks, or gardening. Find a list of open ended toys by clicking here. 

Let’s Get Organized

Toys of all sorts overflowing in the house? Say goodbye to chaos and stepping on those small toys that hurt more than birth, with fewer toys and an organized system or shelf.

Little boy in pile of toys

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Kylah Moskowitz, a mom to two girls under two. Korah, who is 2, and Karlee, who is 1. Kylah is a SAHM who enjoys being with her children and watching them grow up. When she is not busy with mom duties, she helps her husband with their small business, "Boxing for Balance". Their business provides exercise for senior citizens and people with Parkinson's Disease through a fun non-contact boxing program. Kylah has a BA in Collaborative Health and Human Service with a minor in Social Work. She is passionate about early childhood education and continues taking child development classes. Before having children, she was a preschool teacher for several years. She enjoys spending time with her family and baking. She also enjoys lying in the sun- "it is food for my soul!" Kylah grew up riding dirt bikes and camping. She hopes one day she can share those experiences with her kids. Being a young mom, Kylah feels she can contribute a lot to VCMC in many ways.

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