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#1 of 13 Old 07-26-2012, 09:15 AM - Thread Starter
 
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How many do you have?

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person?

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage?

Any must have's when it comes to toys?

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once?

 

In case you haven't noticed winky.gif I'm curious as to how others are setting up toys in their households. I thought I had a grip on our toy situation but then I realized that birthdays and Christmas DO indeed come around every year and there is strong potential for it all to go haywire. So spill the beans - Please tell me what you do! Detailed descriptions about your toy setup are great and pictures are even better..

 

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How many do you have? Very few. Pretty sure people think my kids are disadvantaged.

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person? Terrified of toy boxes. They are categorized in baskets on shelves.

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage? No, I don't want to own so many that they'd need to be rotated. It gets donated rather than stored.

Any must have's when it comes to toys? Blocks (all ages), Board Games for 3yr+

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once? It happens and is currently my biggest issue with housecleaning.

 

We have a toy kitchen and keep all it's accessories inside. We are drowning in stuffed animals but most were given as gifts so I haven't yet been able to feel okay getting rid of them. Our other issue is a mess of a basket of small plastic toys (action figures, vehicles, etc). And a mess of a basket of small baby toys (rattles, teethers, etc)


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How many do you have? DD has her own playroom, so we have a few, but not a ton. The types of toys we have are dress-up clothes and accessories, small animals (not stuffed), musical instruments, 1 dollhouse, play kitchen and food, Melissa & Doug blocks, puzzles, board games, pattern beads, a small trampoline, an igloo from Ikea, puppets, and lots of art supplies. We don't have any toys with small pieces (legos, k'nex, and all those character toys that come with a million little things).

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person? Sorted into categories. We use Ikea Expedit shelving the 2x4 ones laid on their side so everything is within her reach, with bins from Target to store the various things.

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage? The only thing I rotate are puzzles. We have a lot of puzzles.

Any must have's when it comes to toys? Dress-up clothes, musical instruments, play kitchen, puzzles. We also have lots and lots of books.

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once? DD is 4, and has become much better about this. When she was younger I did let her take everything out, and we would clean every other day. Now, when she is taking a wide variety of her toys out at once, she usually has some kind of reasoning behind it, and I don't want to stifle her imagination.

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How many do you have?we have very,very minimal toys for our 4 and 7 year old girls. We're 99% 'plastic free' which I think keeps toy numbers down too'
Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person?
Sorted like for like into baskets onto open shelf. They only have books and a few small teddies in their bedroom.
Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage?
No, we don't have enough toys. Some of our seasonal books are rotated.
Any must have's when it comes to toys?
Play kitchen,utensils,play food and baby and stroller
Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once?
Yes. Because the toys are so minimal, pick up is only 5 minutes

I think I gave you this link last year on another post but here is what is in our toy area with the addition of Lego (which isn't played with that much!) http://mamauk.typepad.com/mamauk/2010/12/our-ostheimer-nativity-as-each-christmas-passes-we-are-more-and-more-striving-for-simplicity-in-our-celebrations-we-want.html

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How many do you have?

Considering we have three children, not too many.  Still too many for my liking, though.  My older children - 7 and 9 - rarely play with their toys.  On the rare occasion they're inside, they're playing videogames or reading.

 

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person?

We have large, square plastic bins from ikea that have easy to remove lids.  We have six of them.  The toys are limited to those six boxes, aside from oversized things that have to sit on a shelf above them.  When Christmas or birthday comes around, we purge the toys that haven't been touched in a year, to make room for new ones.

 

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage?

We rotate toys for the littlest one, who is a year old.  I have a cube storage unit in her room and she has four small baskets of assorted toys.  Every now and then I'll gather up all her toys in the living room basket, and switch them out for another basket upstairs in her room.  This keeps her from getting bored with them.  I do need to go through them and start pulling out the stuff she's clearly outgrown, though!

 

Any must have's when it comes to toys?

Board games.  Always a classic.  When the kids DO play with toys, more often than not they're asking me to play a game with them.  My experience is that all other toys quickly outlive their usefulness.  The kids play with them for a week or two, and then ditch them.  The only consistants seem to be our Thomas trains, which we've had for nearly 10 years and have lived through three kids and have been WELL played with, and my daughter's doll house, which used to be mine and all of the kids play with.

 

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once?

I really prefer that they not do this, but it does happen as I don't supervise the older two when they play.  Generally they're good about playing with one thing at a time, and it's only when they have friends over that EVERYTHING gets dumped.  I don't really mind, as I often find them "combining" toys, which I don't discourage.  Because we keep the toys to a minimum, it's never the end of the world when the bins get dumped.  We can clean it all up in half an hour.

 

As a side note, I USED to think that my kids had too many toys, until we went to a friend's house this weekend for their son's birthday.  Holy cow.  TOYS EVERYWHERE.  On every floor of the house.  On every surface.  The child is two, and has more toys than my THREE children, combined.  I was floored at the amount of stuff!  Walking through any given room was dangerous, as you had to tip-toe around toys and pray you didn't step on one and hurt yourself (or break the toy!)  I helped one of my children find the washroom, and stumbled upon the play room which had an entire wall of shelving filled with about 20 more bins of toys.  INSANE.  I would go mental, lol.

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How many do you have?  2,758,960

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person?  We store our toys on the floor.  I hate toy boxes.  I have a lovely collection of bins and baskets for the toys.  They play with those, too.... on the floor.

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage?  I detect a bit of a counterclockwise current.  Or is it clockwise?  We are in the Northern Hemisphere.

Any must have's when it comes to toys?  A broom to sweep them aside.  Oh, *toy* must haves..... kitchen tongs.

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once?  Despite being a physical impossibility to take out all the toys at once (for one, they are already out), they have my permission and they have made games of every single toy at once and I believe they are still out.

 

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How many do you have? We have a large metal tonka truck, some blocks, some action figures, hotwheels, art supplies(kept on bookshelf in dining room), few stuffed animals, potato head, board games(also kept in dining room)

 

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person? I tried the organizing into categories thing and with my 3 year old...it doesn't work. All their toys fit in a small laundry basket.

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage?If I need to rotate toys, then there are too many!

Any must have's when it comes to toys?blocks and art supplies

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once? their toys stay in their room so they can take them all out but have to clean them up before bed.

 

the boys also have a tent and some camping gear that they like to play with. That stuff gets stored on a low shelf in their closet. They like to pretend camp and fish a lot.

 

I also go through toys quite often. I throw away the broken ones and donate the ones no longer used. My 9 year old is also good at decideing what he wants and doesn't want anymore.


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Dear, TOTE.... the only solution is to move away from extended family and leave no forwarding address.  And hope you are lucky enough not to move next to a neighbor with no grandchildren.  


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I wanted to add that a lot of my confusion/frustration results from:

a) Wanting to keep toys for the next generation.

b) Having three children of one gender consecutively and then one child of the opposite gender (which provides so much potential for things to haywire)

c) Having a small home. The 2 older kids share a room and the 2 younger ones co-sleep. It's so easy to have toys and kidstuff take over every inch of the house when it's not big and almost 8 years into parenting, it's getting old.. I'd really like a semi-adult looking home now. You know.. One where we can see 20% of the floor and fridge.

d) Finding co-operative toys work best, but also take up the most space! We also love Lego but I really have to pare down on the sets.

e) Having children with very different interests and not wanting to short change anyone. For example I have a horse lover and one who loves everything buildable.

 

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Perhaps it would help to write out which toys I definitely wanted to keep for the next gen.

 

-Lego Christmas sets

-Wooden marble track blocks (large set)

-Wooden building blocks (large set)

-Playmobil house

-Alphabet blocks

-2-3 special plush toys for each child

-Each girls' dolly and baby and 1-2 special toys for my son

 

And then there are the 'would be nice to keep' toys.. Let's not list that one.. blush.gif


 

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How many do you have? We have a large metal tonka truck, some blocks, some action figures, hotwheels, art supplies(kept on bookshelf in dining room), few stuffed animals, potato head, board games(also kept in dining room)

 

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person? I tried the organizing into categories thing and with my 3 year old...it doesn't work. All their toys fit in a small laundry basket.

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage?If I need to rotate toys, then there are too many!

Any must have's when it comes to toys?blocks and art supplies

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once? their toys stay in their room so they can take them all out but have to clean them up before bed.

 

the boys also have a tent and some camping gear that they like to play with. That stuff gets stored on a low shelf in their closet. They like to pretend camp and fish a lot.

 

I also go through toys quite often. I throw away the broken ones and donate the ones no longer used. My 9 year old is also good at decideing what he wants and doesn't want anymore.

 

Sorry, I should have given an example. Say you had 8 different puzzles for your toddler. Do you keep 2 out at any one time or can all 8 be sitting on the shelf?


 

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As a side note, I USED to think that my kids had too many toys, until we went to a friend's house this weekend for their son's birthday.  Holy cow.  TOYS EVERYWHERE.  On every floor of the house.  On every surface.  The child is two, and has more toys than my THREE children, combined.  I was floored at the amount of stuff!  Walking through any given room was dangerous, as you had to tip-toe around toys and pray you didn't step on one and hurt yourself (or break the toy!)  I helped one of my children find the washroom, and stumbled upon the play room which had an entire wall of shelving filled with about 20 more bins of toys.  INSANE.  I would go mental, lol.

 

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How many do you have? We have one of those bin stackers with toys in it, a bunch of puppets, some outside toys and a few that only come down when the baby is napping (he puts anything he an in his mouth so not safe with small parts!)

Are they sorted into categories or are you more of a toy box person? They are sorted, toy boxes drive me nuts and for my kids add to the mess (they dump the whole thing to find one toy and then don't put anything away)

Do you rotate? If so, how much do you have in storage? No rotating here

Any must have's when it comes to toys? Open ended toys.. blocks, legos, trios, puppets etc

Do you allow your children to take all the toys out at once? 1 bucket per child (so the oldest an take out the horses and the middle the blocks but if the middle wants to play with the stacker she has to put the blocks away first)


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