How to Store Farm Toys
Farm toys are beautiful ranges of wooden toys. They’re traditional, durable and tend to last long yet super easy to repair. Over many centuries, these toys have never gone out of every child’s favor. Perhaps, there is really something about farm toys that make children use their tactile sensory and run their fingers over the curves and smooth edges.
There’s no doubt that little kids are attracted to farm toys. From tractors to animal figures, each piece brings farm to life. Every child has the chance to build his very own fantasy farm land out of his imagination and creativity.
However, farm toys can still take up so much space inside the house. Not mentioning the other combination of toys like dolls, balls and blocks.
Once your child has already stopped playing with his farm toys, where should they store them? Unfortunately, not everyone is living in their forever home. But if you happen to have the space inside your home, storing farm toys is easy.
Clean and Repair Prior To Storing
Farm toys can be passed from one generation to the next because most of these toys are considered to be heirlooms. Most farm toys available on the market right now are made from responsibly sourced wood and finished with non-toxic dyes. Some of these toys are even handcrafted and hand-painted by experienced artisans.
Although it is quite tempting to pack them up and leave them to the bin man, farm toys are timeless pieces. These toys can even withstand batters, rough treatment and being thrown around. Moreso, they can be easily cleaned and fixed.
But before you pack them and store them, check each toy. Some have dirt, food debris and other stuff planted on the surface after all the love they get.
To remove them, use a toothbrush or a damp clean cloth. Brush or wipe the surface and remove whatever is clinging on it.
If tough and stubborn stains are present, do not attempt to soak the toys especially if they are made of wooden materials because wood is porous and you may end up with deformed toys. Instead spray them with either vinegar or soapy water then wipe with a damp cloth.
In the event that the toy needs a minor repair like a scratch, a little buff with a sand paper is usually enough. Sanding can also help remove tough stains.
Each toy must also be moisturised prior to storing. Replenishing the moisture helps keep the toy retain its natural beauty and shine. Use a washcloth to feed the wood with beeswax, oil or any other non-toxic wax. Also, make sure they are dry to prevent mould growth. Lastly, wrap each toy with a breathable cotton sheet.
Store Them Properly
Generally, using original packaging of the farm toys is more than enough as storage but let’s be honest these get thrown away the moment they are opened. As most parents would do, storing toys in a toy box is often the way to go. Any closed plastic containers are also perfect as it can prevent dust and dirt from going in.
You can keep the storage boxes organised by labelling each box accordingly. Doing so, helps prevent unsystematically going through when looking for a specific item.
You may also want to put silica gel bags inside your child’s toy storage containers. They are great at absorbing moisture and water vapour which helps prevent nasty mould growth.
Next, store the boxes and containers in clean and temperature regulated areas. They should be kept away from direct sunlight as it can promote moisture buildup. Humid areas are also not good to store these boxes. The best area should be temperature regulated. Check the area for pipe leaks and flood. Keep the containers away from pests such as mice and cockroaches that might damage them.
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