Many parents of young children express frustration that their house is filled with toys yet the toys don't seem to satisfy their child for more than a moment.
There are many reasons for this:
the activities are designed for an older child and are too difficult or they are too easy and provide no challenge at all.
Parts are missing or many different toys are jumbled up together
The tools/materials required are not on hand or they are not effective
So how can you make better use of the toys you have so your child will be able to select an activity and work with it (on their own)?
Yes, this is possible!
Sort through the toys you have, discard any which are incomplete or if the pieces are lovely use them to create an entirely new activity.
Decide which activities are right for your child's stage of development and interests. Remove those which are too easy or too hard
Shelving: safe, child-height - shelving is vital.
A designated work space (perhaps defined by an attractive mat) which contains a child-sized table and chairs.
Trays / containers/ baskets which contain all the pieces of an activity.
Trays / containers which are practical for containing materials which may be used in different activities e.g. scissors, paper, pencils,crayons, glue etc.
Arrange the activities attractively on the shelves, categorising them where possible.
You don't need to put all toys (or books )out at once, rotate some from regularly.
If these changes sound like exactly what's needed at your place, but you haven't the time or feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, don't worry because help is available, this is one of the services offered by even better parenting.
Come along to my Seminar on the 24th October and learn in greater detail how you can do this yourself at home.
The transformation will make a huge, positive difference to you all.