Tuesday, January 6

Creating a Child Friendly Environment: Child-Sized Coat Nook

One of the children's gifts for Christmas this year was a child-sized coat rack. We set it up in our garage on a little rug and added a shoe rack I found at Target. We also added some baskets for hats, mittens, and scarves and a step stool for reaching the pegs on the coat rack and to sit on when putting on shoes. It has worked out surprisingly well!

Our two-year-old really likes to put her things on when we go out and put everything away when we come back in. In fact, I was tidying things up this afternoon and tossed a little sneaker that was in the kitchen into the garage. Later when she saw it, she immediately picked it up and placed it in its spot!

I'd really like to hang a picture of a child playing outside on the wall above the shoes... maybe something by Shirley Hughes.

11 comments:

Marina said...

Such a sweet corner Emma! I wish I could get my boys to actually use their coatrack. Those Shirley Hughes pictures are precious!

Courtney said...

It came out really well! Having these little spaces makes so much of a difference! It's great to see our little ones gaining so much independence.

Tracy said...

It looks lovely!

Jamie Carin and Claudio Romano said...

I feel like your little man must be moons ahead of my little man. I remember they were due a day apart, but your little guy made that fantastic surprise appearance....so I guess he is two months older?? My little guy seems like totally a baby still LOL

I love your knooks everywhere!!

Phyllis said...

I had never heard of Shirley Hughes. I loved this picture:
http://www.stellabooks.com/images/articles/shirleyhughespics/girlsitting.jpg
That's the one you should get! :-)

Bethany Hudson said...

Such a sweet idea. I love the little coat rack.
~Bethany

Pres. Kathy said...

What a neat idea! I will have to try it with my little one!

A Little Of A Lot said...

A wonderful idea, but I have one question, is your garage heated ? Reagan hates putting on cold clothes, especially her coat if the lining is cold, I could never have a coat nook like that in our garage.

Emma said...

Hi Jamie!

I don't think that Little Man is ahead of Ben. He seems to be a little behind him or right at the same pace... judging from your blog. His corrected age is 10 months (b/c of being born two months early).
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I like that picture too, Phyllis!
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Our garage isn't heated, Penny. It isn't too much of an issue though because my kids don't wear their coats in the car. I've been thinking about putting the set up in the kitchen though because we have a little more space without the tree now.

nannykim said...

So cute!!

Mrs. L said...

Wonderful Idea!

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