Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Corraling the creations

We have entered a new era with Jasper's room: the era of construction toys. These are Legos, Playmobil, Bionicle, Lincoln Logs, Bonz, little magnet things, the castle you take apart, and on and on. You can create your dream nursery when your child is a baby--but that baby is going to grow up into a child with opinions about his room's decor, with a preference for toys with hundreds of teeny, tiny plastic parts. And that's where the pretty ends.

True, you can corral all the tiny pieces of plastic into baskets etc., but the real problem is that when Jasper builds something he wants it to remain intact for a while so he can play with it. Because we are an artist family (and the over-indulgent parents of an only child), creations are sacred in our home. They are preserved and protected. And of course, Jasper wants to mix it all up together and keep it all out so he can return to his creations. It's especially difficult to manage in a tiny apartment--especially since his room comprises almost half of our total square footage! When I step into his room I can't help murmuring to myself "the horror...."

Where do you put it all?!?

I picked up a little inspiration from Simon's Room in Ohdeedoh. The little shelf holding the cars looked like just the thing for displaying Lego spaceships. I haven't found one exactly like it, but I did come across an even better solution at Target--a shoe organizer!


The compartments are just the right size to showcase the creations like the little Fabergé eggs that they are. Now his table looks like this:

1 comment:

Heather Richardson said...

Brilliant! And good luck with that...

And you're right - another difference between boys and girls i've noticed (granted my ratio is 3:1) is that boy toys all seem to be comprised of a million little bits and parts.

Creations are highly endangered in our home, but I like your system...