Toy Organization ~ How to Make Your Own Labels

Toy Storage Solutions and How to Make Your Own Toy Bin Labels



You have probably seen our schoolroom toy organization from our past homeschool room posts. Every summer I go through our toys and reorganize, purge, and make new labels to get things back in order.

My purpose in toy organization is keeping things simple for kids to clean up easily and independently.  I like the open drawer system and the labels for this.  My kids have always cleaned up independently because of this system.  It was an upfront expense for the Trofast system from Ikea that we use {not sure our exact towers are still for sale, we have 4 tall towers hooked together}, but so worth it for many reasons. It is by far my favorite method and has worked for us very well for years.

Toy Organization

This year I needed to add some toys into the system and I didn’t add space!  Since we are no longer doing our All By Myself Preschool Boxes, I wanted to come up with a new way to store the baggies of learning toys I had created, making them easy for Ladybug to see and tell me what she wants to play with. I wanted to get everything in one space, which until now, it was not.  Until now, I kept most learning toys in the Trofast system, but the rest were stored in our storage room and a bit harder to get to. I grabbed all of our baggies of learning toys from the storage room, sorted them and purged a bunch, then made a plan for what I wanted to keep and have accessible.

I used the same method of using pictures on labels but made some bins with multiple toys separated by baggies. This helped me save space but still have things easy for the kids to get to. They are zipper top baggies so the kids can easily open and close them

Toy Organization

 

Now, all learning toys are in one place, since I added clear boxes {got them from Costco} on top of our Trofast system.

Toy Storage

The most used items are in the system below, and the others are in the bins on top.

Toy Organization

She can easily see the large graphic labels and ask me to get the bin she wants down. Asking me isn’t exactly ideal, but with the labels she can see and I can jump up and grab a bin for her.  Until now these toys were thrown in bins that only I accessed to create All By Myself Preschool Boxes for her. She loves that she can see them all now!

Toy Organization

 

Yes, we have a lot of learning toys.  This always comes up and here’s the basic answers to common questions.  We have a lot for many reasons ~ I was a teacher and came into motherhood with some, the grandparents graciously buy learning toys for birthdays/Christmas, we have many blog review items in our stash {we have kept favorites and donated others}, and we shopped consignment sales.  Why do we keep so much?  Honestly, I hope to use it in the future possibly teaching a group of kids either in a co-op or in my home.  Once my kids are older, I know for certain I will feel lost without tots and preschoolers to hang out with.  I have not passed on many quality learning toys because I hope to use them with others one day!

Want to see what we have?  Here’s a {very informal} video tour, showing what’s in the boxes. Question about a specific item, just leave a comment and I will direct you! I couldn’t remember exact names while making the video no matter how hard I tried!

 

Feeling discouraged because you are short on space or finances?  We have not always had this yet somehow I always made a system of easy to get to – easy to clean up work for us.  Here’s a post sharing how we stored our learning toys in baggies in a wagon in our tiny schoolroom! Baggies are a lifesaver for space.  You can even hang them up, here’s an example of that.  Heavier items obviously won’t hang, but many of our items would! Find a method that works for your budget, your space, and your personality.  It may not be ideal, but you CAN make something work!

 

Want Some Toy Storage Labels?

I can’t share the exact labels I made since I used many images straight from a Google image search. But you can make your own!  I use PowerPoint, so that’s what I am showing below.  If you use a different program to design, maybe some of the tips may help.  Using Word is not the easiest method, so if you have PowerPoint or Publisher, it’s much easier.

Hopefully these graphics will help walk you through the process of making some basic labels. The tutorial doesn’t include fancy stuff, like the background, but you can play around and add things yourself!

How To Make Labels Using PowerPoint

How To Make Labels Using PowerPoint

How To Make Labels Using PowerPoint

How To Make Labels Using PowerPoint

Want the tutorial in pdf form?  Download it here!

Bible Verse Printables Letter B

RLRS Letter B John 3 16 Bible Verse Printables


 

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter B are available to download for free!  B is for BELIEVES! This set is based on John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is a foundational verse in the Bible, and teaches kids some big words  like perish and eternal {depending on the version you use they may vary}.  We illustrate the word eternal by stretching our arms out wide and pointing on each end to show that it means never ending.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter F right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter B. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the word she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. This verse is a bit longer so I cut the words out in rows for her and gave her one row at a time. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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You can see her verse bracelet below.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She wasn’t too interested in a photo so I had to steal one while she was playing!

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter B in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jesus Loves Me.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter B printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter B and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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The Selfish Crocodile ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables


Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I have been busy developing behind the scenes and am excited to share our next unit with you.

A few have asked if I am going in the order the books are listed here on the blog, and the answer is NO.  I am going in random order and that list is not set in stone.  On the website here, at the bottom, I will share the next 2 books I am working on so you’ll have a bit of notice in case you need it.

The Selfish Crocodile is a favorite book of Ladybug’s.  This is a longer book with a great storyline about treating others nicely.  In the beginning the crocodile is selfish and grouchy but then a little mouse helps him and in the end he is friendly with the other animals.  I love this one as much as she does!


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

Lesson Plan

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, ordering by size, basic fractions, and greater/less than.

Ordinal NumbersOrdering by SizeBasic FractionsGreater or Less

Lots of literacy activities; Letter C sound,  sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, and color word work.

Begins with Letter CStory SequencingComprehensionWritingColor Word Crocs

For our Science focus, children will create a river scene, featuring photos of real animals! There’s also a set of 3 part animal cards to explore photos of different animals in the story.

River SceneRiver Scene

3 part Animal Cards3 part Animal Cards

The character and Bible connection is focused on being selfless and selfish.

CharacterCharacter

Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

Philippians 2:3Philippians 2:3Philippians 2:3Philippians 2:3

Coloring pages for fun!

River Coloring River Coloring

 

I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.  We are using many of the ideas I have pinned!

The Selfish Crocodile Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Unit

 

 

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  We will also be sharing more free literature based printables soon too!  See other units here!

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Bible Verse Printables ~ Letter A

RLRS Letter A Philippians 2 5 Bible Verse Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter A are available to download for free!  This set is based on Philippians 2:5, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”  A is for ATTITUDE!  This sure is a lesson I need right along with the children I teach!  Having a Christ-like attitude is a daily struggle for me personally.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it. 

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter E right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter A. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me. Good thing she really likes it!

Here’s a peek at our home work {most of these printables are in the bundle version}.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  She wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Aa…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole.

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Here’s an Instagram video I shared of her when she was working on this activity, singing as she worked!

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She also enjoyed her verse bracelet at home.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She and the other kids LOVE the bracelets! Yes, sometimes she wears it up on her big muscle.

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is the start of our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter A in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Are You Sleeping?

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter A printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter A and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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Remember ~ I am offering a $2 discount on the Home Bundle for our June launch, it will expire on June 30, 2014. The discount code to use is ~ junelaunch

Raising Lil Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z ~ Introduction

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z

I am beyond excited to share my latest “baby” with you.  Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z has been in development for about 2 years now as I waited for God to guide the timing. It has been tons of work behind the scenes, and much prayer and planning has gone into this. Since I wrote the stories, I have even had my husband on board for Biblical editing help too!  My dear friend Shannon also assisted me.

I would like to introduce you to a brand new Bible based early childhood program, Raising Lil’ Rock Stars A-ZYup, similar name, because I believe strongly in the Rock Star vision and I cling to it when developing Biblical resources for kids.

Years ago I created RRSP and RRSK and have always wanted to develop a new program with new graphics, new verses, new stories {written by me}, a group version {to be used in Sunday School, Children’s Church, Co-Op} and also the ability to be used at home.

I will be releasing the FREE home based units over time, as I share them on my blog, but wanted to get the entire bundle finished so those of you who want it don’t have to wait! The first free unit comes out tomorrow!

I have images and descriptions on the info pages, you can scroll through and see what is included.  You can see everything included in the Home Bundle here.  See the Group Bundle here.  Here’s a peek…

RLRS Printables

In each letter unit you will find

  • a focus word {word appears within the verse}
  • a focus Bible verse
  • a focus graphic
  • a story to illustrate the word/Bible verse
  • a coloring page
  • a mini tracing page
  • a verse bracelet
  • a letter focus page
  • a display flag {or circle}
  • lesson plan ideas, and teacher helps

Extras ONLY in the Bundles {same in Home or Group Bundle}

  • Flashcards and Verses at a Glance Chart
  • Cut and Glue the Verse
  • Tracing
  • Flags Only {banner flags two per page for easier printing/laminating}
  • a NEW extra already in development but not ready yet!

The Home Bundle is $12 and is for use by one family in a home setting.

The Group Bundle is $35 and can be used in any group setting, multiple times by multiple children.

The two bundles will both have extras {same in each} that won’t be free anywhere!

You can see everything included in the Home Bundle here.  See the Group Bundle here.

    Once you purchase, you have access to any new extras added to the set.  You save your private link and password and can come back at anytime!

I have a FAQ page all set up for you, which has answers to questions such as…

  • What in the world does “Raising Rock Stars” mean?
  • Why NIV version?
  • What is the target age for this?
  • Why a new A-Z version?
  • What’s the difference between this new version {RLRS} and the RRSP and RRSK version?

You can read more about this new program on the Raising Lil’ Rock Stars homepage and here are more quick links for you…

FAQ

FREE lessons

Home Bundle Details

Group Bundle Details

Come back tomorrow for FREE Letter A printables and some photos of the unit in action!