I used to have all the toys sorted out and in small bins that the children could access when they wanted. Except I was having problems with them dumping all the toys and then not playing. I read about this idea online. So I sorted all the toys into 5 bins, I labeled them with the days of the week and they get one bin per day. It is very manageable for them to clean up. There are still plenty of toys available. The kitchen, dollhouse and rescue heroe items stay out all the time
I lucked out when I found this brand new huge set of Melissa and Doug magnet dolls. New price is $40 plus shipping. I paid $16. The children played for a whole hour with them. Dressing them all different ways and making different stores each time.
I picked up these at the dollar store. We have just been using them as typical puzzles but I saw a neat idea where you put the pieces in a tub of sensory material like rice and then the child digs and searches before putting them in.
I found these stones at the dollar store. They are very smooth. I cut a bunch of oval that are almost same size as the stones. I wrote numbers 1-20 and laminated them onto a white card stock. The child will count as they place each stone.
Not sure what to call this. I found foam alphabets/numbers at the dollar store. Got a large piece of Bristol board. Traced the letters on the board and attached Velcro the children take off all the pieces and then find the right spots
This one is pom pins of different sizes, colored glass beads and a tiny clear bead type thing that you would put in a vase. The first two were from Michaels and the last from the dollar store. The children will use various cups or spoons and their hands playing with these materials
This I found at Michaels. I got it to practice holding a pencil type item and fine motor skills. They have fun making different hair styles
This was an idea that grew. I had seen a few ideas on the net. Some had used a fence. Others different posts in the ground. Since I am at a rental I wanted something I could move easily if needed. There are 4 sides to this-3 are for music and one for a water wall. This was a very reasonably priced piece to make. All the wood and stain was donated by a friend so free, the chimes were found free, the pots and bowls were cheap from thrift store, and the grate was given for free as well. I just bought screws.
Here are some of the ideas I gleaned from.