Making packing up easy

Involving your child in packing up their play and learning spaces can help them learn independence and consideration, and help your home run smoothly.

Encourage your child to take responsibility of their materials and toys, explaining that packing up after playtime means they will be able to protect their things and find them easily next time they want to play.

Involving your child in coming up with ways to organise and manage their space can develop independence and a sense of pride, making them more inclined to respect the space and their belongings. Containers, cartons and boxes are great and inexpensive options for storing toys and craft materials, while woven baskets or canvas bags can be hung from hooks to make the most of the space.

When it comes to packing up time, it can help to break down the job into smaller, more manageable tasks that your child can easily accomplish. Set aside extra time for packing-up to allow your child to engage in the activity. You can discuss how packing up also means your child is helping other family members who might also want to use the space, which turns the experience into a positive action.

Containers, boxes and jars are used to arrange craft materials

Published — 01 September 2016 Last updated — 31 October 2016