Ideas for Storing and Organizing Outdoor Toys
In this post we are sharing creative and practical solutions for storing and organizing your preschool outdoor toys.
From maximizing space to protecting your toys, these ideas will help you maintain a tidy and functional outdoor play area while keeping it easily accessible for your preschoolers.
When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, having a collection of outdoor toys is a must! Keeping preschool toys and equipment organized and clean can be a daunting task. With the right storage solutions, you can keep everything in its place and ensure that your young learners are able to access their favorite playthings whenever they want and easily put them away when they are done.
The process for creating an organization system for your outdoor space can be done all at once or in stages, whichever works best for you!
An important first step is to observe how your preschoolers are currently using their outdoor space. Is there a specific play they gather to use the hula hoops? Taking their current patterns into consideration can help to make the process a success.
Also note what they are doing when they are done playing with a toy, what toys seem to be untouched, which toys are favorites, and any obstacles that your preschoolers are encountering when playing or cleaning up.
Discard Broken, duplicate, worn out, and Unwanted toys.
Consider the condition of your toys, the ages you provide care for, and the number of children in your care. If you find yourself with too many outdoor toys, but aren't ready to give them up, consider rotating them. Just like in the classroom this helps with engagement.
Group Like Items
Plastic and Metal Bins
One great option for storing outdoor preschool toys is to use a large plastic bin with a lid. This type of container is perfect for keeping toys protected from the elements and can be easily stacked in a storage shed or garage. Consider labeling the bin with a picture or word to help children identify which toys are inside.
Hanging Shoe Organizer
Another idea is to use a hanging shoe organizer to store smaller toys and equipment. Hanging shoe organizers are inexpensive and really easy to find, This is a great solution for keeping items like balls, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk separate and easy to access. Simply hang the organizer on a fence or wall and let the children grab what they need. We love how easy it is to transport and you can bring it back indoors to hang when it's not being used.
Storing Water and Sand Toys
Sand and water toys can be a challenge for storage, they need storage that allows for the sand and drops of water to strain out through the bottom. Here are a few solutions.
Mesh Laundry Bags are an excellent choice for storing outdoor toys, especially sand and water toys. If you have a lot of sports equipment like balls and frisbees, consider using a mesh laundry bag to keep everything together. This type of bag is perfect for allowing air to circulate and keeping toys separate and easy to access. Mesh laundry bags are also very easy to transport and store which is great if you use multiple locations like an all purpose room, gym, and outdoor area.
Teacher Tip: Mesh bags are also a great tool for sanitizing large batches of toys at a time.
DIY Storage Ideas
Mobile Toy Cart
For preschools with vertical space (a fence or free wall) using a vertical garage storage system to keep everything organized and easy to access. This type of rack can be attached to a wall or fence and is perfect for keeping items off the ground and out of the way. Many of these systems can be cut and customized for your space, and include a variety of hanging options such as hooks, or wire shelves. We love this solution especially for areas that get to utilize their outdoors areas all year long! It's a great way to keep things organized and protected.
Another portable option is a canvas storage bag. This type of bag is perfect for storing larger items like tents and tunnels and can be easily transported from one location to another. You can find some that have handles which makes it great for storing and transporting from different areas.
Keep it Tidy
Supporting your preschoolers in understanding where items go and getting in the routine of putting toys back when done with them is one of the more challenging parts. Reducing inventory, grouping items together, and using simple storage solutions that kids can find and use on their own are all an important part!
By using these creative storage solutions, you can keep all of your outdoor preschool toys organized and easy to access. By investing in proper storage, you'll protect your toys from damage, create a clutter-free outdoor environment, and ensure organization for all of your preschool toys!Whether you have a large outdoor space or a small one, there's a storage solution that's perfect for your needs.
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