On the Shelves

by - Sunday, September 14, 2014

The boys have a lot of toys. Last time, we used to keep everything in big boxes and the boys had the freedom to dig for the toys they wanted to play with. Most of the time, the whole house would be scattered with their toys and they usually do not clean up after playing. Furthermore, with so many choices, they often simply played a while and changed to the next toy. Some toys got left out of play because they were at the bottom of the boxes.

Ever since we got the Expedit shelf, I have kept all their toys and each time only allow eight toys to be kept on the shelf. The toys will be rotated weekly or bi-weekly. This means new toys for the boys every week! Actually they are just old toys but to them, it would seem like new toys.

I have been using this method for a few weeks now. I can say that this is pretty effective. Less toys are scattered around and the boys play with the toys more meaningfully.

On the shelves this week

Here's what I have on the shelves this week.

1. Balls for Small J to learn kicking. Rugby ball for Big J to learn catching. Rugby ball doesn't bounce in a straight line, so this is more challenging than using a round ball.

2. A clock puzzle. Big J recently starts to look at the clock to tell the time. However, he don't say it correctly. For example, when it is 9.15, he would say 9 3 o'clock. So hopefully with this, he will learn how to read time.

3. Finger puppets. For playing finger puppet with Small J. For Big J to learn to place the numbers correctly from 1 to 5.

4. A magnetic doodle board. For scribbling and writing.

5. A driving car toy for Small J.

6. Cooking toys for pretend play for both Js.

7. Books

8. Abacus to learning counting.

I also build a train track at the side for them to explore. Previously, I have put the whole box of tracks and trains out but Big J didn't show interest for it because he didn't know how to build. This time I have built it for him and hopefully he will be inspired to build his own track next time.

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