I’m sure this will sound all to familiar, your kids have LOTS of toys, but they have lost their interest and your kids a B-O-R-E-D! I am going to show you how to take the toys your kids are uninterested in and turn them into toys they have never seen or played with before without spending a dime. It’s not magic, it’s a toy rotation with your friends, and here is how it works:
Ask a few trusted friends to participate with you in a toy rotation. Make a numbered list of who is participating, add their phone numbers and addresses and give the list to each of your friends. Each one of you will pack up 10 toys in a bin that are in good condition and each one of you will plan to drop the bin off on a date set by the coordinator (ie. the 15th of every month) to the person listed below them on the list. The bin will continue to cycle down until it makes it’s way back to you, the owner. At that time the rotation is done and you can go ahead and start up a new toy rotation with some other friends.
In the example above, with 10 friends that would be 10 months of “New” exciting toys for your child to play with without spending ANY money!
Here are a few tips for a successful rotation:
- Don’t include toys with a lot of parts. They are harder to keep track of and could go missing during the rotation.
- Don’t include toys that are precious to you. Although the goal is always to have your toys returned in the same condition they were given, accidents happen so just take caution.
- Try to include people with children the same age as yours. Be mindful of age differences within the group and plan the toys accordingly.
- Include a list of contents in your bin. It makes it easier for someone who is unfamiliar with your toys to have a list of what was originally included so they can ensure they have packed everything back up before it is passed along again.
If you do a toy rotation with your friends, I would love to hear how it went and what tips you have to share.