Tara M Stewart
Creative Ways to Organize Children's Games, Puzzles, Sensory Bins & More
Updated: Apr 25
Pro Tip: DO NOT stack your games if you can help it at all! It destroys a box and makes it hard for kids to grab and go! Now, let's talk about other storage solutions which will make your playroom easier to tidy up at the end of the day.
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In January of 2023 Erin, Maggie and I went to Wilson Pediatric Therapy and Learning Center to purge and organize the four toy storage spaces in their 10,000 square foot office. Owner Kresta Wilson manages a team of over 20 therapists who support your child's needs in occupational, physical, and speech therapy. I want to share with you how we organized their puzzles, board games, sensory bins, (list goes on) so that you can look though a variety of organizing solutions for the toys and games you have in your home.
While you won't have four large storage closets of toys like Wilson's has, today's blog will provide you with storage solutions for:
Small characters and creatures
Potato Head and parts
Melissa and Doug Kits
Mr. Potato Head can be used so many different ways in play. Inserting and removing pieces works on fine motor skills. You can also work on language by naming the body parts (eyes, nose, arm, etc). - Kresta Wilson
Paint and Small Characters
A 6.2 quart container with tall sides is not only perfect for small categories BUT it also works great for a shelf that isn't very deep as these are under 12" deep! The container shown below is from Simple Tidy and is 11.6 x 7.6 x 6.9 and found at Michael's. Since we did this after Christmas, we found these red ones on clearance. Michael's currently stocks these with pink, blue or white lids and can be found HERE. *
Puzzles & Games
For puzzles and toy kits we used SUNEE Mesh Zipper Pouches. They come in a 24 pack or variety packs.
If you are unsure of what size you need I would recommend getting the variety pack.* You get SEVEN different sizes - 3 of each.
Pro Tip: Don't forget to cut off the front of the puzzle box and place it inside the box. You could cover it in packing tape to make it less likely to rip.
Sensory Bins & Board Games
When it comes to preschool board games the boxes just DO NOT hold up. If the box is ruined, I would recommend trying a large stackable container. One suggestion is also found at Michael's: 12" x 12" Clear Scrapbook Case. They are listed at $9.99 each but they put them on sale OFTEN! We actually got them around Christmas for only $2.99 each! This is also great for sensory bins as well as another option for puzzles.
Puzzles can be used for fine motor, speech, language, visual perception skills, and matching just to name a few! - Kresta Wilson
Kresta already had these containers but was using them for something else. So we snagged them for things like Zingo! What makes these containers great is the size is perfect for small hands, it can't get too heavy, AND it has a HANDLE on top! I have a link HERE * to a very similar product that would work GREAT for small humans.
Blocks & Vehicles
These Large Modular Storage Boxes from Target are a go to favorite for our team! We wanted the top to be grab-and-go but the bottom to stack, so the top lids went in the recycle! NO sense in keeping the lid if you don't need it! This is also a great option if you have categories you want to store and rotate out in a toy rotation.
I've know Kresta for years. She is a kindred spirit and fellow mom of three boys. She works hard to balance owning a business, serving the families of Lexington Kentucky, and raising her children. It was privilege to make her space more organized so her team can find what they need quickly and easily, making their job less stressful and in turn allowing them to focus more on your kids! Thank you Kresta for letting us be just a small part of your amazing community!