I'm finding that the best tool in teaching Levi to put things away has been to have lots of bins, boxes, and bags. All his cars go in one bin, planes in another. All the pieces to that nice big wooden train go in a bag. Animals are kept together beside the bin of musical instruments. At this point in time it works. How well, you ask? Well, he got a Play Mobil set of sports players and their equipment (think 20 Lego sized pieces) for Christmas (10 months ago) and he still has ever sing piece of the set. Winning!
That being said, I think Levi has proven he's capable of putting like toys away and is ready to make the big toy plunge this Christmas to...
The real ones. Not the Duplos or Mega Blocks.
How old were your kids when you introduced Legos? And chore charts?