Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toy Storage - Ages 5 and Up

Did it make you look? Are you saying to yourself, “She seems so normal. Is this going to be 50 Shades of Grey?”

Actually, the toys I am talking about are children’s age five and above. Now we’re talking Legos, K’Nex, marbles, smaller dinosaurs, Barbie shoes…. If you have ever stepped on a Lego block or Lincoln Log with bare feet, you will know that these small pieces need to be kept picked up. Motivating your kids to do it is another story, and one that I will not be covering.

Many of the same suggestions from the under 5 crowd can be kept with the age five and up group. The white chain with the Boomerings® can still be used to hang stuffed animals. However you might want to change out the Boomerings® for carabineers as the child gets older for a more mature look. A toy hammock is another way to add storage in higher places.

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A bookcase or cabinet can hold games with their small pieces, puzzles, and covered shoebox-like or fabric bins to hold sets of Legos or other construction toys. Using the shoebox-like containers is particularly good, because they have snap on lids. Kids can take the containers off the shelves without worrying about spilling if they lose their grip.
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I highly recommend putting labels on the containers to make it easy for your children to find the toys they are looking for. If the children are pre-readers, put pictures of the toys on the labels. 

I have included some pre-printed and blank label sheets for you to use. These labels use Avery 5395 or similar name badges. 

Toy Labels 1
Toy Labels 2
Toy Labels 3