I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to get my toddler to pick up all his toys, you know boys love toys from a young age but they don’t love to clean up after themselves from a young age. I’m sure you agree when I say that there are just entirely way too many pieces to fun toddler toys. Even not-fun toddler toys that my toddler won’t even look at. They’re just entirely too tedious to pick up. And it doesn’t fail that by the end of the day, they are all scattered throughout the house. In the most random places too. Oh look! Mr. Potato head’s ear has been wedged between the doors of the entertainment center! We even bought cool cars from RC Rank cars, but it didn’t help.
Anyway, like I said, I just could not get my toddler to cooperate and pick ’em up. Until my friend came over who has three kids of her own, and saw how exasperated I was. My toddler did his normal routine of picking up the organized-toy baskets, and turned them all upside down, dumping the toys all over the floor. Books, blocks, toy food, everything. I plopped down on the couch, threw my arms down, and dropped my head back onto the cushions and sighed “I hate that. I hate it so much.”
At that point, she began to play the game of picking up toys. Timing him, handing him toys, cheering for him and urging him to put them away as fast as he could. I know this is a no-brainer, and I’ve tried it before, but I usually get impatient due to lack of time, and end up just picking up all the toys myself cuz he gets distracted and moves onto something else. But no, we kept at him, and all the kids raced each other to throw all the toys back in their containers, and alas, the living room was sort of neat again. Of course, my toddler dumped them all right back out in five minutes. But at least I was ready to play the put-back game right after!