Mess Management


Christmas was amazing.  We are so blessed to have so many wonderful, caring, and *generous* family members and friends.  And now our house is over-flowing with toys.  They’re mostly beautiful, high-quality toys, so I can’t imagine giving them away, but they can’t all be out at once.  So while Owen was sleeping today, I brainstormed a whole list of themes around which I could build fun and educational toy groups.

Here’s what I came up with:

  • wild animals
  • barnyard animals
  • pets
  • trucks
  • trains
  • garden
  • babies
  • water play
  • food/cooking
  • dragons
  • play house
  • cleaning
  • balls
  • building toys
  • body parts
  • shapes
  • colors
  • music

We’ll change toys every couple of weeks so Owen has time to play with each group and explore what there is.  I don’t want to change them out too often, because I think boredom is a useful tool to promote creativity.  We’ll also get out special toys out for Valentine’s, Easter, the 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Owen’s Birthday.

For each theme, I’ll put out any toys that fit plus any that Owen’s particularly into or seems to be learning from.  We can sing songs that are related, and do artwork, etc.  I’ll try to post what songs, activities, and toys go with each of these as we get to them.

In the mean time, here’s what we’ve got out now.  Note the garage under the arm chair, and the shape sorter under Owen’s little wooden chair.  There are a few other things in a basket under the end table, but this is enough to keep the baby going for now, without my floor being covered with things.



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