Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Making Old Books and Toys Fun Again
Do you find that your child seems bored with his toys or books? Sometimes, it seems like my son just looks through all of his toys and books trying to find one to play with but ends up just making a pile of toys and then whining to me out of boredom. He has so many toys and books, how could he be bored?!
I thought back to my preschool teacher days on how to solve this issue. One thing that I always did was rotate out the toys and books based on the weekly curriculum. We don't have very much storage in our current place so storing toys and books isn't really an option. In honor of Children's Book Week, I started by focusing on the books. Zel has a bookshelf in his room for board books and one shelf in our living room toy cabinet for larger paperback books. For our first weekly theme I chose animals. I found a metal bucket from a gift basket we received a few months ago. I went through Zel's books and selected the books about animals and put them in the book bucket. I also added books that we checked out from the library. I placed the bucket in an empty space and he immediately ran over and started reading. It was great to see him looking through books that he never reads and of course looking through old favorites as well. There is something that makes toys and books more exciting when they are rearranged or removed and replaced at a later date. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?