I do not know why, but my kids toys need to be organized! I guess I figure if they can’t find the pieces and toys are all over the place they will not go play with them. Or maybe I just do not function well in chaos…
So the first thing I did was clean up and go through all the toys. I do not keep toys that come from McDonald’s or that are broken. I figure there are enough toys around that I do not need to keep the random broken toys around.
I then went around and took over 50 pictures of the toys in their nice and organized bins and shelves.
Next I added words to the pictures using Picnic. Like “blocks”, “Babies”, “Play Food” etc… to help my kids start to recognize words and learn to read.
I then printed the photos off at Costco for only a few dollars.
I brought the pictures home and taped them up around the room, on the shelves and coordinating boxes.
I have mentioned before how I run a preschool out of my home. You would be amazed at how messy 15 preschoolers can make a room in a 45 minute play time (or maybe you would not!) But I know you would be impressed to see how quickly these same preschoolers clean up.
On the first day of preschool I explained to them about matching the toys with the pictures and the first clean up time went amazingly well. I was so impressed!