Every parent goes through a phase, where little Susie has acquired quite a collection of toys that start to take over the room where they’re stored. And if you happen to keep them in your living room, it can get really embarrassing when a guest happens to sit on a couch that shrieked… because Susie left her play cell phone on the couch!
Needless to say a toy chest helps to solve these storage problems. In fact, the use of storage bins and shelves teaches children to take care of their belongings and helps them to cultivate habits of neatness.
But what are the options for those looking for innovative toy chests that serve beyond its functional use. Well, there are plenty, provided you are ready to spend some time and energy.
Functional Toy Chests: If you’re one of those whose would love to buy something that’ll last until little Susie isn’t little anymore and is ready to leave home, you can buy functional toy storage boxes that serve as a stool, as a bookcase, or some other functional purpose. Once Susie has outgrown her need for a toy box, it can be repainted to suit the home décor.
Toy Organizers: And if you want Jamie to understand and appreciate the different sizes and shapes of his toys, you can buy a toy storage organizer that’ll help him to classify, sort and then organize his toys. Quiet an interesting way to introduce the mathematics of shapes and sizes, isn’t it? This organizer has shelves with different storage bins. Some of these storage bins have handles to let your child carry it along, for a picnic.
A Toy Box that is Bench and a Xylophone: Children with an interest with music will surely appreciate toy boxes that double up as a musical instrument as well. At the outside, it is a xylophone, but on the inside, it can be used to store toys. With a little tweak, this becomes a bench!
Other Functional Toy Chests: Of course, there are the usual wooden toy chests that double up as a bench for the kid. These come in different styles and designs. You can either choose a wooden toys storage box that looks like a fire engine truck, or boxes that can be stored one atop the other.
As earlier said, choices are aplenty, if you are willing to spend some time and energy. But not all toy boxes are made alike.
About 20 million toys manufactured in China were recalled in 2007, citing safety hazards. These toys were painted with lead paint and other hazardous substances. Sadly, the bane of cheap goods, made from substandard products has flooded the manufacture of toy chests as well. Before you buy a toy chest, make sure to check that the paint used is child safe. While you do not have to go crazy about safety standards, it certainly helps to be a little cautious.