I first decided which "big" items I would have in my class for the month. Examples of big items would be the kitchen set, store set, puppet theater, dolls and doll furniture, lego table, dress up clothes, big cardboard blocks. Our giant cardboard castle would also qualify I guess. Each month I would set up 2 or 3 of these items on one side of our classroom. I would then add other toys to be played with on the tables and rugs around the room (such as cars, trains, play dough, doll houses, games, puzzles, etc.) I was careful that I always had different types of toys... toys for imaginative play, toys for building, toys that required small motor coordination and others that required gross motor skills. I also made sure that some toys were appropriate for quiet play or could be played alone while other toys encouraged playing together.
|Lots of retelling materials were out during our Fairy Tale unit.|
We had LOTS of toy dinosaurs to play with during our dinosaur unit.
Finally, during the last month, the children got to vote for the toys they wanted in our room.
I really recommend that you try both rotating toys and having less toys in the room. I certainly plan to do it again this year!