ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Games, Toys, and Hobbies»
  • Toys for Kids»
  • Building & Construction Toys

Zip Bins Help You Keep Toys in Order

Updated on January 14, 2014

If you've ever faced that mass of little toys that sink to the bottom of the toy bin, then you realize sorting can be an endless and frustrating task. You may even reach the point that you are tempted to chuck it all, but the frugalist inside may hate the thought of tossing good toys. Little plastic bins can provide some relief, but they can also be a little mundane. I find that Zip Bins add some character to storage needs, especially with important bits and pieces like my kids' Legos.

One of the most frustrating things about getting Lego sets for my kids is the cardboard boxes. They don't last very long, and the result is that many pieces are absorbed into the super-sized Lego bin. With three boys close in age, it's easy for that one bin to be a source of frustration. I picked out a Star Wars ZipBin for the youngest of the three to provide some personal storage space for special sets and pieces, and it is an excellent containment option.

One thing that you will want to take note of is the dimensions of the product. You may be expecting something a little bigger than what you receive...I was. This model is actually 13"Lx12"Wx8"H Think in terms of a shoe box. You aren't getting a very big bin, but it's perfect for a couple of Star Wars Lego sets. The box folds out to create a play mat, excellent for prompting pretend play. At the conclusion of play, you can put the bin back together and store the pieces.

Let's be honest...the Zip Bin concept is cute, but it's more for a parent's sanity than for a kid's pleasure! Of course, there are numerous designs and models that can be used for thematic organization. Kids don't tend to naturally organize their toys, at least not in my experience. They may sort and display creatively, but it's rare for me to find a youngster who keeps them precisely placed and put away when not in use. I have 8 children, and I speak from experience.

You can use the ZipBin concept to teach organization in a fun way. There are themed options like Star Wars, Lego, Hot Wheels, Barbie and My Little Pony, great for keeping sets of small things together. It's up to you to institute rules about how toys are to be handled when not in use. You may want to maintain strict order with everything precisely placed. you may be a laid-back parent who doesn't mind a bit of disorder. Working together with your child to establish parameters that he can handle and that you can live with is helpful.

Some ZipBins are available as totes or backpacks, excellent for providing your child with a fun transport option for toys. Great for a road trip or a night at Grandma's house, you can include some favorite playthings in convenient carrying form.

Neat-Oh! LEGO Star Wars ZipBin TIE Fighter 600 Brick Storage Case
Neat-Oh! LEGO Star Wars ZipBin TIE Fighter 600 Brick Storage Case

My son has this unit...again, much smaller than you might imagine, but excellent for keeping his Star Wars Lego sets separate from the general pool of Lego pieces. I like the handle on this for quick and easy transport.

 
Barbie ZipBin 40 Doll Dream House Toy Box & Playmat
Barbie ZipBin 40 Doll Dream House Toy Box & Playmat

If you have a daughter with endless Barbies, accessories and related toys, this is perfect for gaining a bit of control.

 
Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels ZipBin Ramp Race w/car
Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels ZipBin Ramp Race w/car

Another frustrating small toy issue can be the endless supply of little cars. This is a great way to contain those little hot rods!

 

It can be tough to keep your youngsters' things in order, but teaching them to care is a priority. Themed storage totes like these Zip Bin organizers are excellent for promoting these skills. A bonus is the fact that sorting is a great math activity. You can discuss common characteristics of toys, separating by theme, color, size and more. And instilling some organizational interest now could pay off massively when that youngster reaches middle school.

Zip Bins are great for helping with organizational issues. What are some of your favorite strategies for keeping order with your kids' playthings?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • groovyfind profile image

      Samantha Devereux 4 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Zip bins are so much fun!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)