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Montessori Toy Rotation


Creating a plan for your toy rotation and sticking to it!


By Guest Blogger: Dana Vitolo


I’m a trained Montessori teacher (AMS) in 3-6 and have nine years of experience in the classroom. But now I’m a homeschooling mom spending my days exploring with my active 2 year and 8 month old daughter.

I have experience setting up shelves in the Montessori classroom for 20 or more children. But setting up a Montessori toy shelf and storage and rotation system at home is a bit different. There are challenges, but it’s so worth it.

For instance, at home:

You’re setting up a shelf for your kids and not a classroom full of kids. The types of toys you put on the shelf may need to be rotated more frequently.

● Only your kids will use the toys, and they may grow out of them quickly or never want to use them.

● You may not have as much free time (or any time at all) to clean, declutter, and rotate toys on your shelf. Therefore, it’s important to be more creative with your time.



Our toy shelf at 7 months

My Montessori toy rotation journey

I set up a Montessori toy shelf in our living room when our daughter turned 7 months old. This is when my Montessori toy rotation journey began. When my daughter was this young, it was easier, in a way, because I didn’t have to rotate the toys as often. I just changed a few toys here or there, as needed.

But, I had a tendency to put too many toys on her shelf at once. I learned that it’s best to have no more than 10 toys on the shelf at one time. For months, all she wanted to do was pull everything off the shelf or not go to her shelf at all. This was all normal for her age. But I suspect she may have also been overwhelmed with all the choices.


Our toy shelf at 10 months

Although with time, I figured it out. It got easier. It started to make sense when and how to rotate her toys. The whole process is a learning experience but it’s also rewarding and a lot of fun!



Montessori Toy Rotation is an ongoing process and it’s always changing and looking different. Just when you think you got a routine down, your child changes. For instance:

● She no longer loves ducks, but now she loves dogs.

● She mastered that puzzle quickly and won’t touch it anymore (even if you put it away for weeks and take it back out).

● She’s not a fan of art materials this month, but she’s always ask