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7 Fun Rotation Schema Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers

If you are looking for some fun rotation schema toys, this article is for you. Today, we're going to be talking a little bit about what the rotation schema is and going over some things you can do to support your child during this time.

You'll also get 7 awesome recommendations for toys for the rotation schema.

Image of plastic cogs, rotation schema toys.

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What is the rotation schema?

If you've noticed that your toddler or preschooler has an intense interest in watching things spin, drawing circles, or even spinning themselves around, they may be in what's called the rotation schema.

It's a play schema wherein young children become very interested in the different ways that things move.

Spinning, turning, and twisting motions in particular are a huge focus for children in the rotation schema.

If you are interested in learning more about play schemas, Melissa Kennedy has written a wonderful article on them.

How can you support your child during the rotation schema?

There are plenty of things you can do to support your child if you suspect they are in the rotation schema.

Along with all the wonderful suggestions in Melissa's article that I mentioned above, buying a few fun toys that support the rotation schema is a great idea.

Below are some fun suggestions.

You'll notice that some of the toys on this list overlap with other play schema toys, like those on the trajectory schema toy list.

This is because some of the play schemas share similar features, and so, of course, so should the toys you choose.

Also, children can be in multiple schemas of play at once. So, if you are not sure which schema your child is in, compare a couple of my toy lists and find toys that overlap.

7 fun rotation schema toys for toddlers and preschoolers

Gear toys

Gear toys are probably the most obvious choice for those shopping for toys to support the rotation schema.

The gear toy featured below lets kids build their own gear system and also watch the pieces move, which is what the rotation schema is all about.

Lock and key toy

Lock and key toys make great rotation schema toys. Young children enjoy twisting and turning the keys to open the locks.

There are great fine motor toys, as well, of course.


Play-doh is one of many rotation schema toys that is useful for almost all of the play schemas.

If your child is in the rotation schema, they will enjoy rolling and twisting the Play-doh.

Spinning toy

Fat Brain Toys makes some of the best fine motor and educational toys on the market.

This one, while not marketed as a rotation schema toy, fits the bill perfectly.

Children who are in the rotation schema will enjoy placing the gears on the peg and watching them turn as they make their way down.

image of rotation schema toys infographic.

Whirly Squigs

These toys are absolutely the coolest and they are perfect for children in the rotation schema.

Children can hold them and play with them like a fidget spinner or they can be suctioned onto a window or refrigerator where kids can spin the “petals” around.

Paint rollers

Rolling paint onto paper with a child-size paint roller is a wonderful rotation schema activity.

Children in the rotation schema will enjoy watching the paint roller spin as the paint makes its way onto the canvas.

If you are worried that you may not be able to come up with a project that couple possibly involve the use of a paint roller, I encourage you to read about process art.

Here is the link to some fun process art ideas Melissa Kennedy put together for the site.

Sit n' Spin

The fun thing about the rotation schema is that children often incorporate their whole bodies into their play.

A Sit n' Spin is a gross motor toy that allows children to spin themselves while they are seated – a satisfying toy for a child in the rotation schema.

There you have it – 7 fun rotation schema toys for toddlers and preschoolers.

Any one of the toys on this list would be great for the rotation schema, however, you can feel free to simply use this list as a guide to choosing your own toys.

Of course, make sure the toys you choose are based on your child's interests, as well as their needs.

What is your favorite toy for the rotation schema? I'm curious to know!

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