Extra Large Toy Boxes for Boys and Girls
There are many things to consider when choosing the best toy box for your child. The most important things are your child's age, the number, type and size of their toys, your child's age and sex and any room space restrictions that might apply.
Toy boxes are great for keeping toys in their rightful place when they are not being used, but if they are too deep that toys at the bottom may be never used again, or if you have too many it may be a huge task putting them all away after each play session.
Toys that are dumped into a large box can also be damaged or it may be very hard to find all the part of a toy if they become separated.
The basic considerations are to choose a toy box that has adequate storage room, is separate shelves or compartments, is safe for your child to use and has no hidden hazards, and looks attractive to you and your child.
You also should consider buying a sturdy box that can be used to store the toys once the child has grown out of them.
Keeping Educational toys is a wonderful way for the family to revive family memories and many parents love to be able to show their children the toys that they played with when they were children.
Some toys may be used by several generations Despite the modern age toys have not really changed all that much. This article provides tips for choosing large toy boxes for boys and girls.
Size and Sections - Make a list of toys that need to be stored and their various categories. Large treasure chest type boxes can store the most but the toys can become a jumble and get damaged. Having drawers and partitions keeps to keep them better organised. The age of your child how much you want to spend and the future storage needs are also important. Choose a toy box with compartments as this helps keep things organised, lessens the risk of damage and means the small toys can be kept separate from the larger toys. This sops the smaller toys becoming lost in the jumble.
Toy boxes with an without lids - Young children may climb into a toy box and a close fitting lid can be a hazard. Lids keep the toys neater, but make sure there are gaps and airspaces and that a child cannot get trapped inside the box even when it is turned over. Heavy lids can also bang against and injure tiny hands. Lids with hinges are the simplest but they may jamb fingers and can break leaving sharp edges.
Choose a tough box that can stand abuse and will last a long time - Children may decide to climb over the box, jump on it and bash it will all sorts of things. Choose a box that can tale all this punishment and will last. Remember that many people like to keep the box of toys as a memento of childhood long after the children have outgrown their toys. Choose a box that will survive and sit this long term aim.
Choose a study box hat won't get scratched, dented or stained by paint and other spillages. You want your child to be able to use the box without having to be warned about not damaging it all the time. So check the finish of the box for knock-resistance to ensure that it can sustain the abuse and whatever the child my throw at it.
Wooden toy boxes can be decorated and painted by the child and can be customised by adding personalised themes and decorations. The good thing is that the wooden surface can be sanded back and repainted in different ways as the child grows and for a future life of the box for another purpose. The mental or plastic treasure chest style boxes can not be modified in this way.
Make sure the box is easy to open and nothing is sitting on top of it when the child is young. Such a child may seek to open a box without removing the things on top and this could cause an accident. Younger boys may pull items on top down on themselves. Outdoor toy boxes don't have to be pretty or match the style of the room. They just have to be sturdy and capable of resisting the weather outside.
Don't buy flimsy boxes and don't skimp on quality and remember that cute is not always sturdy and long-lasting. Try sitting on the box if you intend to use it as a seat. Test it out and see how it feels. Measure the space where you want the box to go to make sure it will fit. Make sure that the box is heavy enough so that a child cannot pull it over on top of them is light enough so that it won't damage them if this occurs.
© 2012 Dr. John Anderson
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