Kids’ playroom is organized in a way where they can easily see and reach their toys and materials. Everything has a place. I rotate some of them in order to reduce disinterest due to ADD and stimulation overload.
I decided to create a toy, game and activity Rolodex as a reference guide for them as well as myself, to refer to, when we scratch our heads, thinking what to do next. The rolodex serves the purpose of a phone book. Kids know where everything is located. They look-up to see what they can keep themselves busy with. If they decide to do a craft with scissors or glues, which are not readily accessible without adult supervision, they could ask those from me.
First I copied and pasted the photos of all the toys we have (some from websites, some from my photos) and activities (from my own photos) and placed them on a word document, 6 item on each page. I wrote the names of toys or games as captions. I printed them out on cardstock papers and laminated them. I cut them out individually and punched a single hole on each one. I found a big key chain ring and put it through the holes in the cards. Finally, I put an old teddy bear we had on the key ring, for accent.
Now, I refer them to the Rolodex whenever they seem to be looking for something different. They pick whatever they want. If they need my help for materials or setup, I set the stage. If not they keep entertaining themselves.
Do you use a similar tools for you kids or yourself?