Storage solutions aren't just for your pantry or storage room. I love using various storage solutions to display the learning activities on our learning shelf. Read on to see my list of tried and true storage solutions that are affordable, simple, and streamlined.
These solutions focus on organizing your learning materials in ways that keep your child’s learning areas tidy, while also keeping all of the materials accessible to little hands.
(Affiliate links to these storage solutions are provided for your convenience.)
Why do we use storage solutions on our themed learning shelf?
Storage solutions are helpful to keep all the learning materials organized on the shelf. Every activity is kept separated from the other and this minimizes clutter on the shelf.
Children can find everything they need for an activity in one place. So if my child likes to try an activity, she simply takes the tray from the shelf, brings it to the table and she can work on the activity right away.
Cleaning up is easy for the children too! When my child is done with an activity, she puts everything back in the tray and brings the tray back to the shelf. Because every activity and its materials have their own place on the shelf, even my 2-year-old toddler is capable of returning an activity back to its original spot with the help of these storage solutions.
Never underestimate the positive impact that having everything you need when you need it, right at your fingertips can have on a young learning mind. Being able to locate everything they need, move items around, and clean everything up with ease is a big part of what makes home learning a joyful experience rather than drag.
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Our Favorite Storage Solutions for Our Learning Shelf
Trays with handles are good for little children to bring the activity down from the shelf. Also look for trays that can fit an A4 size or letter size paper.
5-piece nested wooden Montessori trays from Amazon
7-piece nested Montessori trays from Amazon
Macroon colour wooden trays from Ezbuy (out of stock)
Baskets come in a variety of materials like rattan, plastic and cotton and sizes.
Round and small woven baskets with handles from Amazon
Rectangular A4 plastic mesh baskets from Daiso
Letter size classroom storage baskets with handles from Amazon
3) Small bowls
Small bowls are good for storing small pieces of materials like counters, pompoms, coins, small pieces of cutouts etc.
Colorful kids' plastic bowls from Amazon
Clipboards are great options for displaying printable activities.
A4 wooden clipboard from Daiso
A4 wooden clipboard from Lazada
Plastic clipboards from Amazon
5) Cardboard boxes
Keep your cardboard boxes! Remove the covers and they are perfect as storage boxes for the learning activities!
6) Clear Storage Boxes
These clear boxes come in all sizes and they are good to store a collection of items like counting blocks, markers, pompoms etc. Children can easily see what's inside the boxes.
Clear flip top containers from Amazon
Clear flip top containers from Daiso
One last tip for you, before you start shopping for more trays and baskets, take a look around your house first. You will be surprised that you already have many of these storage solutions at home!
Watch this video and see the storage solutions on my themed learning shelf!
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