Many of us tend to store all children’s toys and learning materials in one area. This same area is where the child can go and fetch the items too.
Having too many choices simply would create distractions, and honestly, mess. So here is something you can do.
Utilise room above the baby's and toddler's reachable height
When designing a storage solution in their room or in their designated play and learn area, think about building storage space above where they can reach and store items that are not often used away from them.
Only provide a limited set of options where they can reach below. Rotate the items every week, so they have new choices to develop an interest in regularly.
Simplifying your toy library
We can simplify and organise your toy library to ensure every toy in that room serves a purpose and can be used in multiple contexts as much as possible.
Again, rotating from their collection will allow time to explore and use all the toys they have.
It is fine if you have more toys than Montessori suggests you, as long as you keep control of them by limiting access to them.
Create a neighbourhood toy sharing group
If you have a local mommy group that you socialise with, perhaps you can rotate toys with each other on a regular basis!
Particularly for those who can’t afford or simply can’t store too many toys in their home, this is a good way to diversify the items for your little ones without creating a mess or distractions.
Store toys between your house and your parents’
If grandparents are frequent baby carers, split your toys to be stored in the two houses.
I am not suggesting you have to buy two rocking horses, two same building blocks, and so on, but versify the toys and maximise learning possibilities with each set of toys you and your parents store.
The idea is to simplify your toy library, and to be able to limit choices for your little ones at the same time.