Wondering what to put in the closet? here are some ideas:
- Anything obnoxiously noisy – SO MANY kid toys come with loud annoying sound affects. I keep the loudest and most annoying in the closet. I can endure squeaking or other undesirable noises for 30mins to an hour if it means I get to make dinner without being interrupted 5,000 times. And keeping those toys in the closet keeps them from being able to drive you crazy with squeakiness whenever they want. It’s a win-win!
- Toys with a lot of pieces – Some toys come in “sets” and the little pieces will inevitably get lost if you aren’t watching the kids while they play with the toys to be sure everything is put up properly. I keep things like our “little people” house set in the closet, that way all the people, cars, furniture etc. stays together and is more fun to play with!
- Simple crafts – Little Man is too small for me to allow him to play with glue or paint by himself, but that will be an option I add to the closet as he gets older. Sometimes I pull out special coloring sheets or something new and fun to color on with his crayons such as a cardboard box. Coloring on something other than paper is always a big hit with my Little Man!
- Semi-dangerous toys – I don’t let my son have anything truly dangerous, but there are some toys that could hurt himself if he used them wrong so they require adult supervision. His broom set is one of those toys! He LOVES sweeping and pretending his broom is a weed whacker, so he often asks for the brooms to come out of the closet. I can’t always leave the brooms out because he might knock things off counter tops with them etc. but I can supervise while I cook and he always has a great time with them.
- My friend Kara has even MORE activities that promote independent toddler play right here!
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