6 Ways to Organize And Store Small Toys and Loose Parts

We can never get enough ideas for storing and organizing small parts, especially small toys, craft supplies and game pieces. Here are a few simple ways to organize small toys. Have you tried any of these?

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Playing with blocks, toy cars and small manipulatives is lots of fun and great for fine motor skills, but clean up can be a chore. There are just so many loose pieces to gather up!

2 ways you benefit from solutions for organizing small parts:

1. Kids can learn to take the initiative to clean up after play if storage is accessible and clearly defined.

  • To encourage kids to help with clean up, make it a part of the activity by sorting colors, counting cars and reading labels together.


2. Activities are easier for you to provide if materials are organized and ready to deliver.

  • Preparation for arts and crafts opportunities will be less stressful and less time-consuming if supplies are at your fingertips.


6 simple storage solutions using everyday containers:


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1. Plastic peach baskets with handles are perfect for blocks or toy cars, and can be carried conveniently from the play area to the shelf.


Tips for organizing small toys for easy clean up - Preschool Toolkit














2. Coffee cans make great storage containers. Cover the cans with labels printed on white paper. The plain paper can be colored by the children as an art project.


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3. A colorful box that holiday napkins were sold in is sturdy enough for small toy parts.


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4. Tissue boxes are useful for sorting small game pieces or manipulatives. Collect several of the same size so they line up side by side on a shelf.


Make cleanup easy with these tips for storing small toys - Preschool Toolkit














5. Divided trays such as this one can be found in the produce section of the grocery store, and used to sort supplies for a small group activity.


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6. A plastic mold used for making frozen juice pops is ideal for sorting and displaying materials in the art corner.


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Change out the contents of the ice pop mold and use it as a pencil caddy!



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