Circle Time: Increasing the Lifespan of a Toy

Circle Time: Increasing the Lifespan of a Toy

Circle Time: Increasing the Lifespan of a Toy

PlanToys Circle Time: Increasing the Lifespan of a Toy

We at PlanToys are on a mission to design toys that grow with children while keeping the planet's best interest at heart. To achieve this, we create versatile toys that can be used in different play settings and that can support children as they develop new skills and interests. Our designs inspire families to expand their PlanToys collection, whether they integrate more PlanToys into their playtime or combine them with other sets on the market. We also partner with retailers offering toy subscriptions and the resale of gently used PlanToys. In today's circle time session, we'll explore how to make the most of a toy's lifespan.


Rotate Toys

Rotating toys fosters independent play and can introduce various subjects into a child's playtime routine. Here's a list of cues that can help determine when it's time to rotate a child's toys: 

  • Children are indicating that they're feeling bored.
  • The number of toys in the space overwhelms the adults in the household.¬†
  • Clean up becomes a long and daunting process.
  • The toys are not played with for an extended period of time.
  • The toys aren't being cared for properly.
Here's a list highlighting just a few advantages that toy rotation offers:
  • Excessive clutter is associated with feelings of anxiety and mood swings. By organizing and managing the toys in your home, you can gain a greater appreciation for the toys you already have, promoting peace of mind for everyone in the household.
  • Research indicates that a carefully selected assortment of toys encourages positive behavior in children. Having an excess of toys has been associated with challenges in concentration and less meaningful play experiences.
  • Having fewer toys makes cleanup less intimidating, freeing up more space for other activities.
  • Rotating toys sparks children's creativity, providing them with a better¬†understanding of how toys can be combined and reimagined.
  • A new way to learn. Introduce concepts such as nature, math, science, and so much more.
  • Rotating toys decreases the necessity to constantly buy new ones, saving both money and time while also reducing toy waste.


Introduce Various Materials 

Dry sensory components like rice, pasta, cotton balls, and shredded paper enable children to engage all their senses while playing with their beloved toys. Materials like dough or sand further enhance play opportunities, encouraging children to explore cause and effect through hands-on experiences that leave a lasting impact.

Below is a selection of PlanToys that complement dry sensory ingredients and dough play. You can find a tutorial on creating your own dough by clicking here.


Fountain Bowl Set - 12M+
Sort & Count Cups - 18M+
Sand Play Set - 18M+
Geo Matching Blocks - 2Yrs+
Upper Case Alphabet - 2Yrs+
Road Construction Set - 3Yrs+
50 Unit Blocks - 3Yrs+


Creative Dough Set - 3Yrs+
Water Play Set - 3Yrs+


Expand Upon Your Collection

At PlanToys, we have consistently championed considerate design. Several of our toys effortlessly connect with each other, promoting a mindful approach to making new purchases while rejuvenating beloved toys that people already own.

Our Rubber Road & Rail Systems (Small, Medium, & Large), snap together with our wooden Road System, and most wooden rails on the market with the addition of Adapter Tracks.

You can integrate them with larger PlanToys sets to expand race sets and cityscapes even further. 

Ramp Racer - 18M+
Crane Set - 3Yrs+
Parking Garage - 3Yrs+
Central Station - 3Yrs+
Countryside Blocks - 3Yrs+
Urban City Blocks - 3Yrs+



Research What Works Best for Your Family

Every family is unique, which is why we provide our community members with a range of options to meet their needs.

  • Trade in or purchase gently used toys with ToyCycle for community members based in the USA, or Beeja May for community members based in Canada.
  • Explore a toy rental subscription through our partners at Tiny Earth Toys. You have the flexibility to keep your subscription for as long as you wish, with the option to purchase toys from your subscription box or directly from their website.
  • If you have any questions about these services, don't hesitate to contact our team at¬† We're here to offer additional information and make introductions as needed.

The above links will take you to detailed blog posts explaining the process and directing you to the retailer's website and social media platforms for further information.

On behalf of the entire PlanToys team, we extend our gratitude for being a part of our sustainable journey. We wish you a lifetime filled with joy and learning through your toys!

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