We have been talking about how to teach friendship skills to your children previously. Today I am honored to share how to transfer organizational skills into your toddler and children. Playing toys is fun for children, but storing toys is often less fun for many. Organizing a toy is a good habit to develop.
At what age can a child store his toys?
As soon as your child moves, you can start teaching them to organize his/her toys by asking for their help and cooperation when playing toys or game is over. Taking part in the storage and organization of toys allows him to learn and develop his sense of responsibility.
Regardless of age, it is important to be realistic in your requests. If your child feels that the task you are asking him to do is too difficult for him, he may no longer want to collaborate to organize his toys. Educational toys for toddlers have show contribution to teaching organizational skills for children. From our products developed at Cossykids, we got different feedback that parents have seen enormous improvements in organizational skills after kids and toddlers have been playing educational toys for a while.
Ideas of what you can do with your child according to their age:
1 to 2 years
Keep bins or baskets handy and invite your little one to put their toys in when you put them away. You can guide it, for example, by naming it a ground object to place in the bin. Do not hesitate to tell him how much you appreciate his help in order to encourage him.
2 to 3 years
Your child still needs your help to tidy up. In order to keep you motivated, you can make the tidying up time fun. For example, recite a nursery rhyme, sing together while you put the toys away, or run a race to see who will be the fastest to pick up the most toys.
Bins and baskets allow simple and quick storage of toys with a toddler.
From 3 to 4 years old
Your child is independent enough to put the pieces of a toy together on their own, with your supervision if necessary. Let him see the benefits of organizing and cleaning up immediately after the usage of toys. For example, tell him that all the blocks or all the pieces of the puzzle are there for the next time. When the toy is stored in its box, you can also ask it to put the box away for it. Little by little, your child understands the different steps to follow to organizing.
From 4 years old
Your child can store his toys alone. He can be discouraged easily, especially if there are lots of toys to put away. Your presence and your help remain useful if necessary to help him stay motivated. Settings a calendar for organizing toys or even organizing home has been efficient to kids who understand the calendar.
How to encourage him to put away his toys?
Tell your child a few minutes in advance that it will soon be time to organizing toys.
Let him make certain decisions. For example, let your toddler choose between putting stuffed animals or blocks first. By allowing them to make choices, you make them understand that their point of view is important to you. Children collaborate better if they feel they have a say.
Getting into the habit of putting things away develops your child’s organizational skills. This skill will help him in daycare and also later in school.
Highlight his contribution to picking up his toys and congratulate him on his behavior. You can also ask him if he’s proud of him. This will encourage him to want to organize again.
Keep up your request and insist that your child put it away with you, even if he refuses. You may indeed find it simpler to put his room in order yourself rather than asking him to participate in this task. You may, however, encourage him to avoid the chore in the future when it comes to packing up.
Make him realize that it is easier for him to find what he is looking for when everything is in its place. This can encourage him to keep this good habit.
Be patient and remember that it takes a long time to learn to do tasks without protest.
How to make toys organizing fun?
Sometimes children find toys organizing a waste of time and a boring activity. Make it a game or present it as an activity you do together. If your child has fun organizing, he will participate more actively in the task. Here are some fun ideas:
Tell your little one that it’s time for their toys to go to sleep. You can, for example, suggest that he put all of his dolls to sleep in the appropriate place or that he brings his trucks and cars to the garage for the night. So the toys will have a good night.
Call on your child’s favorite doggie (or imaginary friend). Since he does not know where the toys are going, invite your child to “show” where everything should be stored!