A Princess Toy Rotation for your Glamorous Toddlers

It happened. Over the winter we were bitten by the Frozen bug. A princess Toy rotation seemed like a no brainer now that we have started to accumulate more princess toys. This is a theme that I feel like a lot of little girls would love and it was a HIT for us.

Our Princess toy rotation features some literal princesses and some princess like activities!

Our Princess toy rotation had lots of different dress-up options. From magnets to barbie dolls to real life. We also had a couple of majestic horses and some music to fill the castle!

Princess Toy Rotation has been Amazing

I cannot praise the magic of toy rotation enough. Our Princess toy rotation has been one of her most well-loved play shelves in a long time and boy did mama need that! As we enter our third month of sheltering at home, we have fallen into a routine for sure but there is still nothing quite like the peace that some independent play brings. Those precious moments where I can sit back and drink some coffee or snuggle the newborn in peace while she plays on the floor are just bliss.

When Frozen fever started to take hold I knew we were in for lots of princess play and boy was I right. This Princess toy rotation has been a huge hit!

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Main Play Space and our Living Room are One in the Same

Our main play space is also our living room at the heart of our home and 90% of the time I love that. It’s easy for her to feel involved and connected to the family. I can see her easily from the kitchen hear her from anywhere in the house. The 10% of the time I don’t like it is that I cant walk away from the mess. It’s always there front and center…but still, we like this set up the best.

We have two large bookshelves in the living room that we use for free play toy rotations

We have two large bookshelves with the bottom two shelves all for her free play toys. She also has her books and dress-up clothes in her bedroom.

Also in the living room is the gross motor toys. We move these around week-to-week, we currently have the wobble board and the Pikler triangle out. Though the Pikler is otherwise occupied currently…

We can’t Forget the Baby Play Space

At 2 months old there isn't play so much as learning how to focus, but she seems to be enjoying it never the less!

I added a couple of dangle toys to the pickler and placed a play mat under the Pikler and bean has been loving it! She will lay down there “talking” to her taco and avocado more than any other play set up I have for her right now.

Our baby play space set up at 2 months is some dangle toys and a play mat under the Pikler triangle

We also changed out her mobile above the cradle to a DIY gradient inspired by the Montessori mobile

We have a DIY color gradient mobile in the window hung over her cradle

Princess Toy Rotation Shelves

Bitty is currently two and a half and we are rotating every 2 weeks with a small refresh of a couple of items every week.

Our toddler toys for the Princess toy rotation involve a lot of dress up options and some princess like pursuits.

Jewelry Tree – I wanted to have a “loose parts” invitation for this week, but she’s not quite ready for unrestricted access to beads for making her own jewelry so I settled on just normal jewelry and my DIY mug tree

This jewelry display set up has seen quite a lot of action this week with lots fine motor work putting the jewelry away when she is done with it

Horse – So many princesses have horses. It just sort of made sense.

What princess toy rotation would be complete without her faithful horse. Ours is silver and grey and her name is Misty

Magnetic Princess Dressup – I’m always a little surprised how much she enjoys this toy. It’s not one she plays with endlessly but every time I look she has a different dress on.

The magnetic dress up dolls are always a hit and a princess one was just too perfect for our princess toy rotation

Roll up Piano – This is a great option if you want to add a piano to your musical instrument line up but you don’t have the space for some of the more traditional ones

I really enjoy our roll up rainbow piano but as of right now she uses it more for the preprogramed songs. I might have to try and teach her chopsticks or something.

Little People Castle with Rapunzel and Friends – our vintage castle was one of the first toys that I wend out of my way to track down when Bitty really started to play imaginatively. I knew I didn’t like the current little people castles so I had to track this down second hand and I am so glad we did.

Rapunzel was the first princess we introduced to Bitty and so when she got her vintage fisher price little people castle last year we knew that Rapunzel needed to be there.

Anna and Elsa Dolls – These are new for Bitty. She received them for Easter, and she has loved changing their outfits and doing Elsa’s hair. (dolls linked are not exact matches to ours, but very similar) I added her Frozen 5 Minute stories book and she has sat down to “read” it a few times!

Frozen Fever struck us over the winter. I'm not even really sure how or when. Never the less here we are and it seemed about the right time to introduce her to her first barbie style dolls as well. So Anna and Elsa have joined the family. Complete with plenty of dresses.

Non Rotated Toys get Played with No Matter What

Some toys don’t necessarily fit our Princess toy rotation theme, but those are the toys that get played with no matter what, and often there are ways to use them that can work with the theme.

Play Silks – She uses these for dress up all the time and has started relating the specific colors to the princesses who wear that color.

Play silks are one of my favorite things we have on our toddler play shelves. They can be used for any and everything and we take full advantage of that.

Wooden Blocks – just a simple set of wooden blocks. Ours are vintage playskool ones

Baby Dolls – Our babies have been to a lot of tea parties this week.

Our blocks rarely get rotated and the baby dolls NEVER get rotated. by far the most played with toys that our toddler has.

Dramatic Play Set-Up was a Struggle this Week

We keep her play kitchen behind the couch along with her baby doll furniture. It’s easy to get to and always there but not in my everyday line of sight so it keeps the living room from feeling like a daycare all the time.

I struggled to come up with a good themed dramatic play set up for our Princess toy rotation, and then it hit me. What do lots of little girls love to do? Dress up like princesses and have a tea party!

A fancy tea party seemed just right for a princess toy rotation. and what fancy tea party is complete without a silk tablecloth, flowers and doilies?!

I have a little teapot and cup that are the perfect size for little hands so I pulled those out and set her play table up as a fancy tea party. Complete with flowers and doilies. (to be honest, I wanted more doilies, but I simply could not find mine and the stores are still closed here)

Her Teddy bear was the guest of honor at her tea party

This was by far the most successful dramatic play we’ve done in a while. She has made tea every day this week and her teddy only just left the table today.

Adjusted Toy Rotation System

Last fall  I stopped rotating our toys as much, I felt that she was still interested and playing with them past the old two-week mark. So I switched to a once a month rotation with a small refresh mid-month if something was getting ignored. That system has had to be readjusted again now that we are at home all of the time. We are back to the biweekly rotation and we are even doing weekly refreshes when I need the distraction of some “new” toys.

How Often do You do Toy Rotations?

Our Princess toy rotation has lots of opportunities for dress up and imaginative play

If you want a behind the scenes tour of our toy rotations make sure and check out my Instagram where I add tours to my stories every week (or I try my best to, I know I’ve missed a few weeks now…)

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