N is very definitely better at the physical thing than the whole drawing and art area. Although he will sometimes pick up a pen and say he’s drawing a tractor or a person, and there may be a vague shape drawn, it’s mostly still scribbles. Other children his age are already drawing pictures that definitely look like faces or people.
But physically N’s really quick at picking up new things. He’s a pretty fast runner, can kick a ball and dribble (his throwing does still leave a lot to be desired) and is spot on at clambering over furniture and working out what steps or chairs he needs to turn on lights and reach his snack tin. It seems N’s gross motor skills are also matched by his fine motor skills as proved a couple of weeks ago.
As I need to find some space downstairs in the
‘dining’ room playroom so I can add my piano from my mum’s house, plus a couple of pieces of furniture, I decided it was time to get some toy storage for N’s bedroom. At the moment our toy storage is limited to a bookcase/shelving system downstairs which is quite good, but there’s not that much room in it. Books also look quite scrappy. We have a couple of big buckets as well just to dump toys in, but it’s all a bit of a mess and does have a tendency to spread somewhat.
So we needed an Ikea trip. With our nearest (3) stores about an hour away, we managed to coordinate with a friend to meet up with them for coffee/lunch. She’s also a bit of an Ikea pro, while I’ve only ever bought market street bits and pieces, so I was up for getting some flatpack selfserve guidance at the same time!
N’s only been to Ikea a couple of times, but he decided that we were going to soft play as we were queuing to get let into the car park. I suppose the building is like a warehouse, but could you imagine the size of the soft play area if it was the size of an Ikea?!
We whizzed round to the kids area, and of course I had to drag N away from the dome ‘egg’ chairs. He loves those and would happily try and hide away for as long as possible. As for drawer systems – so many exciting bits and pieces for toddlers to play with in the store.
Disappointingly there weren’t many drawers to choose from as stock was low, and we couldn’t quite get the combination of Trofast that I wanted, but we had enough to get us going with sorting out storage for N’s room.
Spot of meatballs for lunch, quick play and chat with our friends, and then it was back home to get the flat pack put up.
I don’t mind a bit of flatpack building myself, but having a toddler in tow didn’t make it easy. Of course N wanted to have a go as well, so he had to put the screw in and start it off until it got too stiff and he’d let me take over. He also enjoyed trying to put the dowelling rods in, but I was more concerned with trying to get it complete in the hour we had, and trying to stop him emptying all the screws and little bits over the floor.
I was impressed with N’s capabilities on the DIY front. I just need to make sure he learns to read beforehand and check all the pieces are there, so he doesn’t end up being a man who just launches straight in without following the instructions.
We filled all the drawers and shelves, with me realising we needed maybe a separate higher one for a bookshelf, so we’ll need another trip for some drawers and an extra frame at some point.
I’m hoping at some point soon we’ll have as many of his toys stored away rather than just left out on show all the time.
What do you use for toy storage?