Toss or donate toys that are missing many of their pieces as well as toys that are too bulky and drive you crazy. Also, if a toys just doesn’t offer opportunities for higher level thinking during play, then there is not need to keep it.
A) If you would like to have more control from week to week as to which toys are chosen, then find a spacious place to store most of your toys. If you need to spread out your toy collection into multiple locations, then keep all the toys from one category in one closet. For example, all the imaginative play toys are in your son’s closet and all the gross-motor toys are in the playroom closet, etc… This makes it easy to select one toy from each category, every week.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates toys () are expected to be some of the best sellers this holiday season, and many may sell out closer to the holidays. Along with the new Doc McStuffins toys, which are related to another new show, Disney Jr. should have a very good showing with their holiday sales revenue. Visit for other toys that are hand-picked and recommended by the editors.
D) It can be helpful to post a list of themes on the closet wall or storage containers as it can be hard to remember which toys have been used recently. I recommend that clients rotate toys using themes based upon your imaginative play toys (ex. farm, kitchen, doll, construction, etc…). This way, you can still have control over which toys are displayed, while ensuring that most toys make it to the floor every month or two. It can be fun to try and find toys from each category that match your theme. For an example, see my toys pictured in the primary educational functions list above as they are examples from my construction-themed week.