Little cars, little cars, all around my living room.

June 06, 2010

Little Matchbox/Hotwheels cars make great little prizes for the kiddies.  They’re fun, come in a multitude of designs and colors, and at about $0.99 per car, they’re cheap!  But the problem with having all these little cars around is, well, having all these little cars around.  Where to keep them all?

There are specially designed plastic boxes that these cars can be kept in, but my boys may or may not have the patience to put all those cars into individual slots.  At first, I kept them in small toy bags that housed other small toys.  But, when looking for other small toys that weren’t the cars, they just dumped out the whole bag.

Here’s the solution I came up with: oatmeal canisters!  Believe it or not, this simple solution has been the best thing I could have thought of.  For some reason that is probably hard wired, kids love those empty oatmeal cylinders.  They make great drums, maracas, and whatever else they can think of.  Storing toy cars in these canisters gives children a reason to keep these treasures and make use of them instead of throwing them out.

Not convinced?  Here are a few other perks.  For one, the wide opening allows children who are still developing coordination to place cars or other toys inside with ease.  Also, they are fully customizable.  Cover them with paper or fabric and the kids can color them or glue on special decorations of their own.  And if the canisters get broken or worn out, as they will over time, it’s easy to get another one.

And my kids?  They don’t have a problem picking up their cars any more.

Go ahead and give it a try.  I hope this works for you!

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