- Have a Toy ‘First Aid Box’ with the following items:
- Kitchen scouring pad and sponge, plus a soft cloth or muslin
- Fine to extra fine grit sandpaper 300-360 and above
- Set of small screw drivers and allen keys
- Bees wax for polishing and protecting.
- Use warm water with a minimal addition of mild hand soap added. Use wooden floor cleaner for very hard to remove dirt and debris. A soft cloth will suffice for most marks, however for tougher debris use the kitchen scourer. Always dry after cleaning
- NEVER immerse the wood in the water, It will likely warp
- Splinters can be hazardous, use fine sandpaper to sand down any splinters and smooth over any roughened surfaces. Bear in mind this will remove any paint from surfaces, but at least the risk of nasty splinters will be gone
- Check toys regularly for any looseness or wear and tear and tighten screws or glue down loose bits before they break and parts get lost rendering the toy useless or at worst dangerous.
- ALL toys do not have to be out ALL the time. This will likely lead to a chaotic environment and overstimulation.
- Rotate toys, so that a collections of complementary toys are out for a few weeks and then put away and replace with something new and fresh.
Where ever possible let children be involved in the repair, cleaning and putting away of toys. It is a valuable time to teach responsibility, respect and give them a sense of owenership and control over their immediate environment.
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