Toy Station – DIY

Given my obsession with redoing Rey’s playroom every couple of months, this post shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone! I had always wanted a toy station or corner for Rey’s room from where he could access all his toys and books. I had a few ideas in mind. But didn’t find anything that got me excited. Needless to say, Pinterest only gave me endless photos to bookmark.

With a wedding in the family and hardly any time to step out of the house to explore, I decided to take things into my own hands. Literally.

Hence started a DIY project.

Resources used:

  1. A discarded cardboard carton
  2. An old sheet
  3. Take away boxes
  4. Formula Cans
  5. Diwali Hamper tray

Process:

  1. Stuff the carton with old sheets or newspapers. You can even use it as a storage box for things you know you wouldn’t be needing for a few months. The box will not give way under the weight of the toys or collapse even if your over-excited toddler tries to climb on it.
  2. Wrap a sheet around the box and securely pin it in place from all sides. – tada!! The base is ready.
  3. Paint the formula can with baby-safe paints and decorate it to your liking. Be sure to line the inner rim with a paper masking tape. You can put stuff like straws, chalk, pipe cleaners, small toys and any other items you feel need a safe place.  I have used these cans as planters, pen holders, remote holders, storage cans, to store my hair clips and so on.
  4. Take away boxes – Once again you can use these to organize assorted toys, puzzle pieces, chalks, crayons, magnetic alphabets, etc.
  5. Diwali Tray – The diwali season just got over and left us with a heap of trays and baskets. don’t throw them just yet. I used a wooden tray to store his books, blocks and more toys
  6. I utilized the space by the window – the sill, to stack the books he most often picks up.

As a rule, I do not keep all his out on display, some I store away out of sight. I keep rotating so as to keep his interest alive.

This make-shift arrangement is working well for us. And I have reasons to feel pleased too.

  • I don’t have to feel bad about disposing it after just a few months.
  • I can change the look of the station by changing the cover sheet.
  • Early lessons on simple living and recycling, leading by example.
  • The height and reach are perfect for my little one.
  • And simply put – BEST OUT OF WASTE.

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2 thoughts on “Toy Station – DIY

  1. Thanks for redoing his room every 2 months. While you make this look very simple, I know it is far from it. Keep sharing such anecdotes for the larger world to benefit from DIY techniques.

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