If you haven’t noticed, toddlers are a whimsical bunch. Hyper stimulated as they are, they could be painting at 11, and jumping in trampoline at 11:15 am. As a parent, I feel it is a good idea to have a closet full of constructive things. If you can make the whole thing look beautiful for the most part, it’s a huge added plus.
Books – Probably your best friend. Some books that I would recommend are
0-6 months – Mr. Brown can moo (Dr. Seuss), Higher higher (Leslie Patricelli), From head to toe (Eric Carle). Honestly, I can get an academy award for reading Mr. Brown, that’s how much I’ve practiced it.
6-18 months – Hop on Pop (Dr. Seuss), Aligators all around (Maurice Sendak), Pierre – a cautionary tale (Maurice Sendak), Good night moon (Margaret Wise Brown), Any version of Cinderella, I’m not Scary (Rod Campbell)
1 ½ - 2 ½ years – Fox on sox, Green eggs & Ham (Dr. Seuss), Lost & found, How to catch a star, The heart & the bottle, Up & down (Oliver Jeffers), Where the wild things are, Chicken Soup & Rice (Maurice Sendak)
2 ½ - 3 ½ - Gruffalo & Grufallo’s child, Room on the broom, The paper dolls (Julia Donaldson), Tiger who came to tea, Mog the forgetful cat, Mog’s kittens, Mog in the garden (Judith Kerr), Chasing Degas (Eva Montanari), Van Gogh & the Sunflowers (Laurence Anholt), I had a favorite dress (Boni Ashburn)
We always make sure to pick a book from every vacation that we take, and when we get back, google translate is our best friend. Special thanks to our friends from all over the world who keep sending us books.
Thanks to my sister in law and some very close friends from France, my daughter has a building collection of French books & vocabulary as well. I feel it's never too early to introduce a foreign language.
Toys – We love toys that are not made of plastic, and add a sense of beauty or art wherever possible
Easel (an absolute must), Scoenhut Baby Grand Piano(never too early), Morgan Cycles retro baby car (We love Vulac Baby push car too), a retro tin Jack in the box, Schylling tin toys (the best), Schylling Accordion (our latest obsession), Uncle Goose blocks (beautifully hand carved, and they even have hindi alphabets now), Tegu blocks (sustainable & creative) & Kid Kraft Wooden Kitchen.
I’m really biased toward carousels. There’s probably nothing more enchanted than carousels.
Of course there is no end to toys, but I feel that the plastic ones that have lights and electronic sounds are a big no-no. They terrify me.
Some other beautiful Kid closet inspirations.
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