Christmas in April

If your house is like mine, you've likely thought "we have too many toys!" Over the years I've gotten rid of tons of toys the girls just didn't enjoy. I think what we have now are truly quality, creative, and enjoyable toys. There are still too many to play with. The best solution I've come up with is to rotate toys. 

Yesterday we brought up a few boxes that hadn't been seen since before Christmas. One giant rubbermaid tub was completely full of books. OH MY. The excitement level was insane. With every book they pulled out of the tub they squealed thinking of all their memories of that book. I have to admit, I was excited to see some of them that I had been so sick of when I packed them up. With a few months off where I didn't have to read Fancy Nancy daily I actually enjoyed her yesterday. 

Now I have the task ahead of deciding what to put into the tubs to store away for possibly Christmas in July. So many possibilities. I brought the trains out yesterday so I'm thinking maybe I'll put the blocks away for a while. And maybe some dolls. Goodness, when did we get so many dolls? And now I have a place to put some of the books I've been reading daily for the last few months. I'll see you in July!

Do you rotate the toys in your house?

Reading through dozens of books yesterday made me realize what a fantastic collection we have. There are so many great classic and not so classic fiction kids books out there. I think my favorite are all the non-fiction books. My kids just eat them up. Figuratively. It's so fun to be able to learn about science and nature. And while books like Make Way for Ducklings and Pete's A Pizza are always exciting around here, I think books about gravity, simple machines, animals and weather are chosen more often.

Right now we are enjoying (read: reading over and over and over) the Dr. Suess Learning Library books, Robert E. Wells books and the Lets-Read-And-Find-Out Science books. Here are some of our current favorites;


(Sorry, if you are reading in a blog reader you'll probably have to click through to view our favorites)

There are so, so many wonderful children's non-fiction books. 

Do your kids like reading non-fiction? Any favorites?


  1. says

    I need to do this. We like to “give toys away to little kids who don’t have many toys” about once a year, aka give toys to the women’s shelter, but that’s not even close to cutting it these days. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. says

    We rotate. Though I have to rotate when he’s asleep or he gets angry about the stuff I’m putting away!
    Favorite books around here are Yummy Yucky, everything Sandra Boyton and Dr. Suess.

  3. says

    Ah, let’s see…my kids are older, so my list of favorites for little ones might be a bit different. Off the top of my head, my kids (all three) loved “One Yellow Lion”, “The Tawny, Scrawny Lion”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and “Green Eggs and Ham”. The two younger ones loved “Goodnight Moon”, “The Very Quiet Cricket”, “Corduroy”, “Dazzle, the Dinosaur” “The Going to Bed Book”, and “But Not the Hippopotamus”. (I just asked Valiant and these are some of the ones he named…)
    And, no, I never rotated toys. I made a concentrated effort to keep our inventory low…it just seemed easier that way. Having said that, my first two boys were five years apart, then three years after Valiant was born, Buttercup brought girl things into our world. If I’d had three children of the same gender, it would probably have been a different story.

  4. says

    I think this is an excellent idea and one our household needs to put into place. Our two oldest children (Ella is a bit too small for toys yet!) have way too many toys out all at once and besides it being a pain to clean up/sort, they don’t know what they’ve got most of the time!

  5. says

    Jasmine, that was a great article. Last time we moved I was shocked when my girls filled 4 or 5 giant garbage bags full of toys to donate. I didn’t think they had it in them. And now that we’ve gotten rid of the rif raf, we’re trying to keep it that way. Things always creep in though at birthdays and Christmas.

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