In this blog post, I will walk you through how I purged my children's toys…
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As we are approaching Christmas. I wanted to share with you some insights about toys.
Most parents, when they discover Montessori, want to sort the toys they already have.
Did you know that Briton spend more than £3 billion each year on toys? Parents spend an average of £350/year and per child on toys.
Surveys have shown that a typical child owns 238 toys in total, however parents think they play with just 12 ‘favourites’ on a daily basis, which makes up just five per cent of their toys.
If you feel that your child has too many toys, then check my tips to sort them and to keep the ones the most in line with Montessori.
This first step is important. By bringing all the toys that you have around the house (including the ones out of rotation, in your storage space), you will have a clear view of the sheer amount of toys you have gathered. It's often a wake up call!
If it feels too daunting, try to gather the toys by category: all the baby toys, all the children's books (yes I include them in the toy's category), all the outdoor toys, all the building toys, and so on... Then sort one category at a time.
Even if it is only the beginning of the process, you might be able to discard and to reduce the pile considerably:
Obviously, some of those toys can be donated.
Obviously, it makes sense to reduce each category in a manageable quantity. The number of toys in each category will depend on your own space, your own child, if you have more than one child and so on, if you home-educate or not, ...
When I notice that my children cannot tidy up (they are in the second plane so more able to tidy up by themselves), I put some of they toys in storage and reduce the amount they can access.
I hope those tips are useful! I will share how to choose toys in line with Montessori in a future blog post!
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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