Ages: 18 months and up
Little kids are crazy about little things -- all those small toys, nature souvenirs, and goody-bag treasures that seem to multiply overnight. You're probably less crazy about having them underfoot. Try giving that collection some direction -- and your tot a fun sorting project -- with a set of see-through pockets made from a shoe bag organizer. Cutting the organizer in half eliminates hard-to-reach top rows, while colorful labels help alleviate what-goes-where confusion.
For a skill-building variation when your child is a little older, label each pocket with letters and let her sort her things alphabetically.
To start, cut a 24-pocket shoe organizer in half horizontally, so you have 2 panels with 12 pockets each.
Cover the cut edge of the lower half with duct tape front and back, then punch holes for hanging. Attach pictures of toys and other treasures to the pockets.
Finally, use screws or hooks to hang the organizers at toddler height, either side by side or in convenient locations throughout your house.