I have a vague idea that, at some houses, toys are confined to the playroom. Perhaps they even magically pick themselves up when children are finished playing with them. Then the floors magically vacuum themselves and no little pieces are ever left out where a hapless mom could step on them in the middle of the night.
There's no magic at my house. Toys are not confined to any one room, and they do not pick themselves up. To tell the truth, that's okay with me. I like it when my son plays at the kitchen table; it feels very warm and homey to me, even if it does make a mess. But when it's time for dinner, the table needs to be cleaned off.
The toy of choice around here is LEGO blocks. Honestly, you've never seen so many LEGO bricks under one roof. I joke that our house is LegoLand North Carolina. And LEGOs can't just be picked up and thrown into a toy box, you know. If they're built into a model, they need to be transported carefully lest the model fall apart and the LEGO builder be very frustrated.
We've used lots of things to transport LEGO models, including cake pans and cookie sheets. But recently I decided to figure out something better.
I had this old tray that my uncle made for my mother many, many years ago. It was a little rough looking after all these years, but structurally still very sound. First I gave it a coat of black spray paint.
Cute bag, huh? I cut out the artwork and glued it to white paper:
I'm thinking that my son will be happier to move his sets around now that he has a tray dedicated to that purpose. We'll see how that works out.
So what needs to be transported at your house? LEGOs? Barbie fashions? Polly Pockets? Whatever it is, you can easily make a tray to help move things around!
I'm linking to Kimba's DIY Day, Chris's Show and Share Day, and Marla's Woo Hoo Wednesday. Check out these parties for lots of great ideas!