We have tons of toys in our house. How can I organize them so my kids get the most play value from them?
Erin, Pittsburgh, Mom of Katie (9), Lizzie (8) Mary (6) Ben and Jacob (4)
The best way to get the most play value is to organize them so that they ARE played with. For example, board games are fun but you really need to have them in sight as a reminder to play oftern. Stack boxes by age groups on a shelf in a room that will encourage social play. Consider the kitchen and family room. Keep them in the box and neatly tape all 4 corners on both the top and bottom of the box. This will help to reinforce the box after multiple uses.
How often should you clean plastic toys? Piper. Shreveport, LA, Mom of Anna, 2, Ben, 3 and Aidan, 5.
It is so important to clean toys on a regular basis. Plastic and vinyl toys harbor bacteria and germs. I suggest to regularly use a bleach and water solution and wash toys that are played with often, at least once per week. If your child has a cold or has playmates over, then clean as needed. If you add this into your household cleaning routine, it will make for a cleaner and happier play experience for your child.
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