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Organizing is Child's Play

At a recent local area Home Show, a fellow organizer and I played an organizing game with some of the children who stopped by our booth with their parents.  The object: to sort out a jumbled mess of office supplies and fit them into a compartmentalized tray.  The kids had a timed minute to complete the task and then received a prize.


Organizing trays for desk drawers help keep office supplies neat and organized.What the kids learned: When organizing (or tidying up) is a game, it can get done Well, Quickly and with a bit of FUN (a la Mary Poppins)

What the parents learned: Kids can organize and tidy pretty quickly when they want to and are motivated.

What I learned: It's not easy for a parent to watch a child try and do a task without "helping", criticizing or correcting before the time is complete.

It is to this adult challenge that I would like to speak. that I'd like to offer some tips for parents to help their children become organized adults.


Early learning toys teach children how to sort and organize.
1.  Promote organizing skills.
So many early learning toys are geared toward one of the most basic organizing tools - sorting. Children learn to sort by color, shape and size sometimes before they can even walk or talk! As parents, if we recognize that these are actually life skills, we can be aware of them as our children grow and remind them that they have these skills as they meet new challenges.



Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much organizing you can get done.

2. Make sure they have the necessary tools.
Children can't be expected to put things away if they don't have an environment set up that makes clean up clear and easy.  Organizing tools for kids range from toy bins to reachable clothing hangers to timers that can be set for a round of "Beat the Clock" organizing!



Kids who learn organizing at a young age have learned a skill for life.3.   Give them a chance to do it on their own.
An infant needs help for everything, a toddler wants to start doing things on their own, a pre-teen's hormones make them see things differently. Each developmental stage our children go through is a also a developmental stage for us as parents. We are challenged to learn how much autonomy we should give at each stage. A good rule of thumb is: if there's no harm in trying on their own, let them try.

Organizing is a life skill that can support your child at every stage of their life for the rest of their life.  Give them that gift.


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best toys for 2 year old boys on Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:25 AM
One idea is to pack some toys away and rotate them out a little at a time.  Doing this will help keep the toys to a minimum, and make them like new when they get unpacked!  Lastly, if your child receives 10 new toys for a birthday or holiday then at least 5 need to leave the house!  If you are ontop of this, your playroom/toy closet will hopefully  stay in good shape!
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toys for 2 year olds on Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:26 AM
Language is expanding at this age and vocabulary is becoming more complex. Children start taking more of an interest in reading and books. Children are learning to read and write and should be given opportunities and toys that help this.
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