Rotating toys is a MUST!!! When children have toys and toys and more toys they just kind of shut down. If you rotate your toys you will be shocked by how much more focused and interested they are! I do this in my preschool classroom as well. I can't imagine not rotating toys. Seriously. Try it! The toys below are animals from Ellington's ark. The ark had been stored away for several months and then brought back out. For a solid week that's ALL she played with. As you can see, those animals were all over our house!!
Cookie sheets and magnets are so much fun! I got out my magnetic ABCs and Ellington had a blast. She has become so interested in the alphabet lately. This activity was right up her alley!
Using toys in a different way makes it fun. After we got back from the beach Ellington saw her beach toys sitting out waiting to be stored away. I handed them to her and she had the most fun pretending to be at the beach for the next week! I wouldn't have thought to use them, you know since they are "sand toys". Mamas can be so boring sometimes. :)
Art is always a great idea! There are COUNTLESS art activities for little ones. Ellington has been enjoying a basic activity....coloring.
Scooping is so much fun for little ones! On this particular day Ellington was moving ice from one bowl to another, but the posibilities are endles. Beans, rice, cotton balls, etc. You can use just about anything!
Structured activities are great, but often Ellington keeps herself busy all on her own!