A collection of smart toys that encourage early learning including an app-enabled ball and an iPad game system that allows a small child to play with real world objects and get feedback from a digital app sit on the shelves of the nursery's bookcase.
A smocked orange coverlet is used to cover a memo board displayed at the entry to the kids bedroom in the HGTV Dream Home 2010. Custom crafted by carpenter David Brown, the board is decorated with Toy Story ephemera and western toys.
Boys and dads alike will love the idea of repurposing toy soldiers into a masculine, playful wreath. Just hot glue the toys directly to a wire wreath base, alternating the soldiers' colors and positions as you attach them.
Bins and baskets encourage little ones to put their toys away when playtime is over. Fabric bins and baskets are as practical as they are pretty. Since the baskets are soft, they're easy for little hands to handle. Plus, the texture and pattern of fabric baskets can add depth to a room or enhance its overall color scheme.
Consider using a portable caddie to gather and store balls, building blocks or action figures, so you can bring the items right to a playroom table or your backyard. As your kids grow out of their toys, the caddie can be used for holding utensils, garden tools or for a gift basket.
Instead of a ho-hum headboard, this girl's room goes dramatic with a pair of dark pink curtains framing in a graphic patterned panel. More bold patterns are featured on the wallpapered accent wall and the rug.
If your kitty goes gonzo for catnip (half of all cats do), treat them with a small, handmade toy to hold their stash. Scientists agree that smelling, rather than eating, catnip garners the biggest response but they still aren't sure what neurological reaction catnip triggers for sensitive cats. It's thought that it stimulates receptors in their brains that makes them feel initially energetic, playful and happy, then mellow and relaxed. Stitch up your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Of all the people on your Christmas list, the little ones are sure to be the most excited when it comes to unwrapping gifts around the tree. Give your wide-eyed tots the biggest surprise by leaving plush animals unwrapped and interspersed with gift-wrapped boxes. This adds a youthful touch to your decor and gives the little ones something to run and grab the moment they wake up. (Plus, there will be less wrapping paper to clean up!)
Strategically placed adjustable wall shelves from Organized Living's freedomRail home organization system take advantage of every nook and corner of an odd-shaped closet to provide smart, organized toy storage. Stacks of games and larger toys sit on designated shelves, while labeled pull-out bins on other shelves store collections of smaller toys.
Storage and organization are essential in a child's room. When toys are grouped together, it makes playtime and clean up more manageable. This bookcase from Land of Nod does double duty, offering bin storage below for stuff animals.
Designer Claire Paquin created a space in the basement of her client's home that could function for young children, as well as space for adults. For the play area, carpet tiles create visual interest, color and warmth for kids to play on the floor. A bookcase cubby is a wonderful choice for toys and games.