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Playroom Organization: Blocks

Our playroom gets organized and reorganized often!

Sometimes we have to make-do with what we have.  We try to purchase high quality, long-term-use items that are very versatile.

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This is our current blocks area in our home daycare playroom – our favorite arrangement that we’ve had thus far.

We keep them in an IKEA shelf with eight spaces. You can find them at IKEA – or buy them on Amazon now too! The price is higher to accommodate delivery, but the price of delivery from IKEA is also high, so they end up similar in cost. This is the newer model of our shelf at Amazon:

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We have tried several cheaper brands of shelves with a similar look, but each of them have broken within one to two years of use by toddlers and preschoolers – our IKEA shelves are the only ones still going strong after 5+ years in daycare.  They continue to look nice, stay sturdy, and has nice rounded corners and edges that help with bumps and falls.

As you may notice, these IKEA shelves are also backless.  This is our only with these shelves – we need backs to keep blocks from getting lost in the depths behind the furniture.  Our solution:
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These mats fit perfectly behind the shelf, with one section left to wrap around the side.  We attached them with sticky velcro pieces.  This way we can use this shelf in any spot in the room – as a divider, up against a wall, or against other furniture.  And as a bonus, the mat provides a nice soft surface to land on if needed.

We have two sets of blocks on this shelf (and another set nearby), that have been sorted into colors in woven baskets.  All of our baskets came straight from our local Goodwill store – very inexpensive, and we have yet to find baskets that don’t get destroyed, so cheapest is best.  Our wooden blocks have been dip-dyed in different colors, and our smaller wooden blocks came painted different colors. These are similar sets of blocks:

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Wooden blocks can stand the test of time – our dip-dyed set has been in use since 2006, in Kindergarten classrooms, our home toys, and in daycare.  Well worth the purchase, and Melissa & Doug toys are known for being sturdy and hard-working.

There are two other items on this shelf: Peg Dolls and an abacus.  We find that these items give a great versatility to the block area in our room – sorting & counting, towns & buildings, and so much more!

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Our peg dolls are a plain wooden set that we painted and coated – and this process we have NOT perfected.  The coating was too goopy and easily chewed off by eager toddlers.  We’re working on a new system for our peg dolls, so we will update when we find what works.

Keep watching for more home daycare and playroom organization tips and tricks!

You can find more about our paper organization here, and our room organization here.

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