Dinosaurs Shelves

dinobanner1 Another idea to keep the toys organized. I personally believe dinosaurs are great toys, they spark curiosity and endless opportunities to develop language while learning something new. Luckily my son has not outgrown the love of dinosaurs. Since collecting Dinosaurs started 3 years ago by now he has a great collection of Dino friends. They rank from miniature dinosaurs to very sophisticated remote control dinosaurs. As the dinosaur family grew I made the mistake to place them in baskets. With time the baskets grew bigger until dinosaurs were constantly overflowing our living room. It seemed as a perfect opportunity to donate some, then I remembered that Seba’s first word was actually “Dinosaur” then I decided to give the dinos a proper place in our house.

There is a simple rule when it comes to organizing toys for children, and this particular rule contradicts directly with anything interior designers tell you about organizing and anything you see in the Pottery Barn magazines.

In order to make the house look neater, you have to sort of “hide” your stuff. This is why cube shelves and baskets became so popular. There can be a gigantic mess and all you need to do is throw everything in the baskets.

For children, this does not work at all. For most youngsters “out of sight is out of mind”. If they can’t see their toys they will never play with them. All those toy trunks and baskets do not serve a productive purpose and cleaning up becomes frustrating.

Children need to feel inspired by their toys, think of a retail store. Walk to the clothes department you are interested in and you will surely find nice mannequins dressed in the same outfits they are selling. Many people tend to buy clothes when they can see how nice the combination looks. Well, this applies to little children as well. If their toys are arranged in a way that invites them to play your child will suffer fewer episodes of boredom. This will also simplify the cleaning routine since they will already be familiar with the place where their toys belong.

What I did with the dinosaurs might be a bit extreme, I am an artist and I’m constantly altering the spaces in our home. So I went ahead and painted the wall. You might not want to do this, but you can still accomplish the same using wall stickers or a poster.

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At Home depot I probably spent $50 on shelves, and brackets (for the paint I used acrylics)

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When the shelves were installed I found some volcanoes my children made at one point, and then I started organizing the Dinosaurs by the era the existed. Big mistake, Seba pointed out that he wanted the bigger ones on the top and then he mixed them up with plant eaters and meat eaters so I just let him place the Dinos whichever place he wanted. Now he has no excuse to clean up when he is done playing.

To my surprise he actually wanted to play on the shelves, he was also excited to be able to see all of his dinosaurs. This allowed him to visually see the dinosaurs he had that were the same or the ones that were the same breed and color.

All I wanted to do was organize the toys but it ended up being an ever learning corner for my little dinosaur lover.

If you have more ideas or thoughts please feel free to share them in the comment area below.

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I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.

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