As usual, the kids got way too many presents from everyone, which means we had to cull lots of their old toys to make room. And luckily for me, ToyTainer sent me a bunch of their products just before Christmas, which means extra storage places for all those Christmas toys.
The princess castle (picture above) is a great space saver since it goes over the door. It also has adjustable height straps, which is super awesome. I put it on it’s very lowest setting so that Hannah can see in the mirror from the ground (which she loves), and reach even the highest toys with her stool. Most importantly, Rosie (our new puppy) can’t get any of the toys in it, which makes it a great place to store all of Hannah’s enticing, chewable, puppies-like-to-rip-the-hair-off dolls. When we travel somewhere that doesn’t have any toys, we can fold up the princess castle, with all the dolls and things in it, and take it with us. Easy, and perfect for holidays/vacations. Daniel got the boys version, called games centre, which has a basketball hoop at the top. Hannah likes using the hoop, but Daniel is a bit too small for it. He will appreciate his games centre when he is a little older. And taller. For now though, it’s great for extra toy storage.
We also got a shoe box for each kid. Hannah decided immediately upon opening hers that it is called a “Caravan Bag” and likes to take it in the car filled with my little ponies and other girly things. Daniel likes to drive his cars and trains around on his and then put them away through the little opening at the bottom. I like how they are portable storage, but also a toy in themselves. We had to go on an unscheduled trip over 4 hours away to attend Aaron’s Nanna’s funeral and the kids piled their caravan bags with chosen toys. Daniel’s fit heaps of Thomas engines, train tracks, cars, dinosaurs, and the mat I talk about below. Hannah’s fit ponies, books, play jewellery, and her play mat. I was surprised at how much stuff can actually fit in them, and they were perfect for taking away with us.
Another easy clean up and travel item is the EZ-mat. There is a pink one with dirt roads/trails, and a blue one with roads. The kids can play on them and then use the cord to turn them into a bag with all the toys and cars inside. Brilliant for travel.
There is also the pink ice cream truck which Hannah absolutely loves because it’s fun to push around and unlike most cars and trucks that size, is not made with boys in mind. She loves that it’s pink. Open the top of the truck and it’s completely hollow, designed for storage. Hannah stores all of her little toys that Daniel is not allowed to play with due to their choking hazard. They are now all in the one place, and easy to store away from Daniel’s prying hands when Hannah isn’t playing with them.
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