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We loved Inside Out so much that it was impossible not to buy these adorable and exclusive stuffed animals when we found them at Walmart.
My only FEAR about buying them was that we already have so many toys and had just donated quite a bit in order to get their bedrooms back in order. The craziness of their rooms can bring out the DISGUST and ANGER in me but I didn’t want SADNESS to overcome the boys. I had a plan to bring JOY to all of us and let them each pick out one new friend! 🙂
I was rooting for Sadness but the boys chose Anger and Fear. I’m sure we will end up with all 5 + Bing Bong at some point. I think the characters are so simplistic that they are perfect for talking about feelings. Sometimes it’s hard to understand for kids to understand what they are feeling. A little play acting and discussion about what each character thinks and does is important to understanding feelings. Plus it doesn’t hurt to have a big soft friend to hug!
I also picked up a pack of heavy-duty plastic clothes pin and rainbow ribbon for our new stuffed animal storage system. These are things you might already have on hand at home but I loved customizing it with the rainbow (Unicorn) ribbon and colorful clothes pins.
This stuffed animal storage solution is quite easy to make. Start by removing it from the spool and double tying a knot at one end. My ribbon was 9′ long and we ended up using most of it but this can vary depending upon how tall your ceilings are and how long you want your organizer to be.
Use tape to create a “shoe string” type end on the other side of the ribbon. This will make it easier to feed the ribbon through the middle of the clothes pins. Feed two through, then tie another double knot a few inches away. I used the length of a clothes pin as my guide to keep it consistent.
Keeping on going until you get the length that works for you. At the very end, double knot a key ring or round washer so that you can hang it on a nail in the wall. Done.
I LOVE the new organization. It makes it so much easier for the boys to find the stuffed animal they want to play with. There’s no need to dig through the big bin or (GASP) dump all the stuffed animals out on the floor!
How do you organize stuffed animals?
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