Elevating Early Childhood

What to Do When Your Students Wander Around the Classroom and Dump Toys

Jan. 16, 2023

If you’ve ever wondered why your students wander around the classroom and just… dump their toys on the floor, then you’re not alone!

Let's face it, we've all had children in our classrooms wandering aimlessly from center to center pulling tubs of toys off the shelves without ever playing with them.

The truth is, this is a fairly typical scenario in the early childhood classroom.

The question then is: Why oh why do toddlers (and preschoolers) do that? 

And most importantly, how can you teach them not to do it?

To answer this question, I’ve invited the brilliant Dr. Carolyn Bobb-Green.

If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while (thank you for that), then you know this isn’t the first time I’ve had Carolyn over.

And this won’t be the last either!

Listen in as she and I try to answer the age old question: Why do toddlers do what they do?

Are you ready?

Let’s dive in!


Key Takeaways:

Why do toddlers wander around the classroom and dump toys? (00:00)

Dumping is a milestone (06:33)

This behavior is totally… okay! (09:36)

How to support your students through this stage (11:37)

Advice from Carolyn (17:02)

How Carolyn introduces centers to her students (20:54) 


Additional Resources:

- Got a burning question for Vanessa? Get your answer on the Elevating Early Childhood podcast here.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Dr. Carolyn Bobb-Green’s work here.

- Follow Training U To Succeed on Instagram here.

- Follow Training U To Succeed on Facebook here.


Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

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