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I think every parent struggles with the mess in their child’s room. While in a perfect world every toy has a certain place and the child puts it away every time they are done playing with it. Let’s be honest though, how often does this actually happen?
My daughter’s plush toys had started taking over her room. You could barely see the bed, which meant they would just get piled on the floor and then put back on the bed everyday. I decided there had to be a better way. I didn’t have any shelf space for them, so I decided to make a solution. The plush toy organizer I made is like a hammock for the stuffed animals. It gets them up off the floor.
We went to Walmart to get the supplies I needed.
While we were there my daughter spotted the Inside Out toys. If you haven’t seen the movie yet it is a must! She really wanted the Joy and Disgust plush toys and the musical Bing Bong. Since I was making a plush toy organizer I decided the more the merrier…plus I love that little musical Bing Bong.
Here is what you need to make this DIY Plush Toy Organizer:
1.5 yards fabric or netting
1 yard ribbon, cut into 4 pieces
4 hooks, strong adhesive or screw hooks
The fabric choice is up to you. You might want to match the room decor. Netting works well too, like a hammock, but remember you don’t want the holes in the net to be big otherwise smaller toys will fall out. I love that Walmart has a fabric section so it was a one stop shop for all my supplies.
1. Sew the ribbon in a loop to each corner of the fabric or netting. If you want your toy organizer to be bigger or smaller than 1.5 yards adjust yardage to fit the size you would like.
2. Measure the organizer in the corner of the room and place hooks accordingly.
My daughter was helping me while playing with her new Inside Out plush toys. This was fun because we got to have a conversation about emotions and memories. We talked about how she felt on her last day of school and what emotions she experienced. We also talked about what emotions she felt about starting a new school. Her creativity blew me away while listening to her “play” Disgust and start talking about all the things that were disgusting. It made my heart so happy to listen to her do the same with Joy and hear all the things that made her feel happy. Creative playtime is so important for childhood development and I am filled with joy getting to share these moments with her. (See what I did there?)
Did the movie Inside Out spark a conversation about emotions with your children?