Play Shelfie : Toddler Toy Rotation : May 13-26

Its time for another play shelfie! This week’s toy rotation has been brewing in the back of my mind for a week now. It seems my brain never stops planning. I am going to be trying something a little new this week so we will see how it goes!

A title card for our play shelfie from mid may showing the livingroom bookshelves with toys on the bottom two shelves

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Livingroom Play Shelfie

Black living room bookshelves with toys on the bottom two shelves

We are going to trying out a couple of new things this week, and hopefully they will make toy rotaions go even smoother!

Animals and Stackers
a Grimms rainbow stacker toy with forest animal figures in front of it

I want to have some of her animals out full time from now on. The plan is to take a selection of animals that go together in some way either based on a biome or a book or species and have a group of those animals out. So come rotation day we will change what animals are available but there will always be at least some out. At least that is the plan. I also want to include some sort of stacker to encourage world building! (also because they look pretty on the shelf!)

a Grimms rainbow stacker toy with forest animal figures in front of it on a wooden tray

For the first rotation of animals, I selected her forest animals. We have a mountain lion, eagle, wolf, black bear, and deer. We buy a mix of Schleich, Mojo, and Safari LTD. I included her Grimms Rainbow as the stacker this week. We have other stackers that would fit with the forest theme a little better but they aren’t done yet! I really need to get to painting on those. (just you wait, a blog post is coming for those babies, your gonna love em!)

Loose Parts Play
red wooden loose parts toys in a divided tray

I want to find a way to encourage loose parts play in our play shelfie. This may take some research and possibly even DIY’ing some things but I don’t mind in the slightest!

a top down view of red wooden loose parts toys in a divided tray

This week I laid out our tinker tray and with our red parts because we are still on the color red for May. If you use loose parts with your toddler how do you display them? This is the only tinker tray I have and I would like to have some other ideas for rotations beyond just dumping them in a bowl!

If you want to know how I made these check out DIY Loose Parts Toys post I wrote the other week!

a close up of a vintage metal cash register on a toy shelf

In addition to the tinker tray I also got out her vintage cash register! Quite a few of her loose parts fit in the drawer so thats extra fun! Honestly this toy is awesome. The buttons are really satisfying to push and they make the little flags and the top pop up and when you push them all the way down it opens the draw which then dings when you pull it out. It just feels so realistic…even if modern day registers are nothing like this.

Deep Dive into the Play Shelfie

a title card for our mid may toy rotations showing baskets of toys
  • We had some balls out last week, and she did play with them but I didn’t want to repeat them so I decided to pull out the Rubber texture balls. These are left over from her baby days, but I just don’t think you outgrow balls!
  • Our Sarah’s Silks & Clips as well as the Play Scarves these are on repeat from last week and I think that I may just leave these out full time…I have seen her play with these nearly every day and I feel like they are just so open-ended that I don’t want to take them away. I may rotate what colors we have out but for now its just a rainbow of colors!
  • Her favorite way to play with the Melissa and Doug cars is to roll them down the wobble board. I might try making a cardboard ramp to see what she does with that…
  • Magnatiles – These are about the only toy that she will make any effort to build with so I want to make a point to get them out regularly to encourage her! It doesn’t hurt that her daddy likes to build with them too. 😉
Big Baskets
toy shelves with blocks and baby dolls in big wicker baskets

We still have her Mega Blocks and her baby dolls in these. The Mega blocks are something that she likes to see built with but she isn’t the one who builds with them so, I think we could switch these soon for a change of pace. She is currently OBSESSED with her babies so I don’t see those going anywhere soon.

Front and Center Play Space

a living room play space with a wobble board small play table and baby bike

You’ll notice I that the Pikler isn’t taking center stage right now. Her curvy board is still rocking it there (ah see what I did there ;)) as well as her bike, which has been getting a little more use lately!

I wanted to mix things up and we moved the Pikler to the window and it’s been used sooo much more. She has been loving climbing up so she can see out the window.

a big bay window with a wooden pickler triagle and a rainbow play silk in front of it

I honestly can’t complain, I love the way the light shines on it! Not to mention the way it makes her rainbow silk shine…but who am I kidding I just love all the light from that window! She climbs up so that she is horizontal with her belly in the window and I will admit it makes my mama radar go off but if she slips she’ll learn and I have to remember that!

a rainbow caterpillar puzzle on a play table

On her activity table, I have the caterpillar puzzle. As far as a puzzle goes this is too easy for her, but she does enjoy it and here soon we could start working on color matching. I’m curious when did your kids age out of this puzzle?

Our Stationary Play Table

a white play table with a peice of paper taped down with toddler scribbles all over it

I tried out free access to some coloring supplies this week and you can tell its already been a hit! I will for sure have to do this more regularly… Really we just need some bigger paper I think.

a white play table with a peice of paper taped down with toddler scribbles all over it

Home Play Shelfie

Okay so it’s not really a shelf so its not really a shelfie, but you get my point

a dramatic play home space with an ikea play kitchen, play fridge and wooden crate for a baby crib

I wanted to share an updated home corner. I added that little wooden crate as a crib for her baby dolls. She keeps putting her dolls to bed by tossing them into her crib and then couldn’t get them back out! I think this works rather well as a makeshift crib don’t you! I also gave her one of my cookbooks in the vain hope that she will leave mine on the shelf in the kitchen! (fingers crossed)

a title card for our play shelfie for mid may showing a toy shelf

What I learned from this weeks play shelfie

  1. Repeat toys are okay and in-fact may spark new interest based on the other new toys.
  2. She needs more access to crayons and colored pencils.
  3. Sometimes all you need to do is rearrange what you already have!

What is something you learned from your own toy rotations? Do you have a play shelfie in your living room or do you have a playroom? Or maybe you have both! I would love to learn more about the process from others!

If you want more real-time updates on our toy rotations, make sure and follow me on Instagram, I do some stories on my feed the day of the rotation!

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