Today’s activity looks a little bit different. Instead of setting up an activity for our little ones, we’ll be rotating toys around and encouraging them to play with new things. This activity is a part of the Activity of the Day series and can be used often to draw new interest to old toys.

Toy Rotation

Sometimes I feel like my kids play with the same toys over and over again until they’re practically bored with them. Then, I move things around on the shelves and they take a renewed interest in other toys. This is a concept known as toy rotation and today I’m sharing how you can make it work for your family – no matter how much space you have.


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Clean Out the Toys

The first thing I would recommend doing is cleaning through your little one’s toys. Get rid of anything that is broken, annoying, or that they’ve outgrown. Then, keep the best toys and use them for your toy rotation.

Put Some Away

If you have the space, you can store some of the toys away for a while. Display the remaining toys on a shelf with open bins. Kids are more likely to play with a toy when they can see it. Store the other toys away in a bin and switch toys out as you feel the need.

Rotate Spots

If you don’t have the space to store toys, you can still do a rotation of toys. Instead of bringing new toys into the mix, you’ll be working with what you already have. You can rotate the toys to new spots on the shelf or in the room. This will bring new life to them and remind your kids that they have other toys to play with.

Have a Routine

Some people like to rotate toys in and out randomly while others thrive on routine. If you like routine, you can pick a certain day each week or every other week to rotate toys. You can even involve the kids in the process so that it doesn’t all fall on you.

Use Special Bins

If you don’t want to do a full toy rotation, you could do a partial rotation. With a partial rotation, certain toys are always available. Other toys are stored in special bins and you bring those in and out on the schedule you’ve picked. You can also store them in a special place and only allow those toys out when the kids request them. (This is helpful for toys that have lots of little parts.)

Make It a Special Occassion

If you don’t want to make toy rotation a regular thing, you can just use it for special occasions. Rotate the toys around and set things up in a new way when you need to make playtime different for a bit. This is great for mornings that you’d like to keep your kids a little more entertained.


Remember to try different methods and find what works for you. Some people love rotating toys, while others find it entirely unnecessary. I do recommend giving it a try, but I also understand that it’s not for everyone. I like to rotate toys every two weeks but sometimes it’s longer or shorter between rotations since life happens and plans aren’t always perfect.

This activity is a part of our Activity of the Day series. This series was created to help parents with activities to do during school closures due to the coronavirus. Check back every weekday for new activity that you can do with kids of all ages!

Keep things fresh and new for your kids using toy rotation!