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We are going to IKEA next week and it's our first time! I'm so excited!<br><br>
I know that there <i>has</i> to be some MDC homeschooling mamas that have some items from IKEA that they just love for any variety of reasons.<br><br>
Organization?<br>
Sensory Integration?<br>
Manipulatives?<br>
Furniture?<br>
Anything else?
 

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You might like these threads about sensory ideas: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=753091&highlight=ikea" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...highlight=ikea</a><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=803814&highlight=ikea" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...highlight=ikea</a><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=795958&highlight=ikea" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...highlight=ikea</a><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=782016&highlight=ikea" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...highlight=ikea</a><br><br><br>
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I've heard some really good thing about their wooden toys, like their train set. I also heard great things about their art easel, so I got one for me son and he is getting it for his 4th birthday that is coming up. I think that I read the most +'s about the melissa and doug and the ikea one, considering that the ikea one is only $20 vs. the more expensive M&D one, I thought I'd go with ikea. They also sell the replacement rolls of paper. They also have cute play kitchen items. They also have swings and stuff for inside your house if you have the ability to bolt those anywhere inside of your house for a good price. They have inexpensive bookshelves that are pretty nice looking if you need bookshelves. I've heard lots of good things about their TROFAST organization system for kids' playrooms or bedroom storage.
 

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easel, rolls of paper, and I like their paint and brushes. The paint is actually really nice. The brushes are not all that great, but put up with a lot and are inexpensive.
 

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We've been really happy with the small wood table and chairs we got a few yrs ago. It's very sturdy and it looks nice unfinished.<br><br>
Other things that I love from there:<br>
-cardboard magazine holders-we have lots of these and they hold up well.<br><br>
-wooden shoe rack<br><br>
-pop up hamper (in kids area with a turtle lid I think) Great for toys or clothes.<br><br>
-kid size step stools-we have 5!!! They are only about $3 and invaluable! They also have a non skid surface which is nice.<br><br>
-small glass jars (come in pack of 3 or 4) with screw on lids-these are great for "tresaures" of all kinds like shells, rocks, etc. My kids love these. They are only a few dollars for the set.<br><br>
-picture frames-all types! We use them for the kids artwork and they are great for hanging or giving as gifts. Very cheap!<br><br>
-their kids rugs are great-we have the bug ones and the kids love them.<br><br>
The shelves we have from there are all quite sturdy and have held up great. My DH was rather surprised at the nice quality of them.<br><br>
Have fun.
 

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Pat ~ Thank you for all the links! I was particularly looking for the thread about swings because I know I've read it before, but I couldn't find it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My son has SPD. So, thank you!<br><br>
mags, carmel23, and AnnR33 ~ Thank you for your rec's! I'll definetely look into these things.<br><br>
YAY! I can hardly wait to go!
 

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We just picked up a <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50081471" target="_blank">minnen storage bag</a> which we use as our story bag. That is a HUGE hit with the kids. Basically you fill the bag with random items from around the house and then take turns telling parts of a story that involves whatever item you pull out...you change turns when the person in front of you says "and then...." and you pull out another item. My kids love doing this and will play it endlessly!<br><br>
We also picked up a "tickle trunk" for our dress up clothes. You can see it in the little picture on <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/11938/" target="_blank">this</a> page (the red box with the "lock). It is made out of fabric and is very portable. I added some adhesive velcro to the back hinges and it is the perfect size for a medium size collection of dress up clothes (we still have room to expand). Its great!<br><br>
The rolls of paper are very nice and very cheap (which is also very nice).<br><br>
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I may repeat something up there so I apologize in advance. I am so grateful, as a homeschooler, for IKEA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I made this clickable because I am a nerd like that.<br><br>
the kitchen toys are perfect for the wooden kitchen we have: they have <b><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00084863" target="_blank">real metal utensils</a> and <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20086347" target="_blank">real stoneware play sets</a></b>.<br><br>
the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30064359" target="_blank">wooden train sets a</a>re sound<br><br>
the wooden ring stacker and the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40061690" target="_blank">wooden toolbox set a</a>re fine for toddler / preschooler age<br><br>
the <b><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70078892" target="_blank">watercolors</a> and <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50085742" target="_blank">paper</a> are fabulous</b>. I agree with the PP about the brushes. but the <b><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/67212600" target="_blank">art supply kit</a> is wonderful.</b> The colors are vibrant and stand up over time, so their art stays nice.<br><br>
we used the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20072816" target="_blank">wooden table</a> for years and it didn't wear out, they outgrew it. another homeschooling family has it now.<br><br>
my friends really love the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50021076" target="_blank">wooden easel th</a>ey sell<br><br>
we use the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80107832" target="_blank"><b>plastic wall sleeves</b></a> (you'll know them when you see them) to store our first readers and to display art<br><br>
not in the kids' section, but in the kitchen section, we use these <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40041131" target="_blank"><b>large, white plastic trays</b></a> to house the kids' bead stringing materials and their knitting materials.<br><br>
we have the kids' rugs (ladybug and snail) and nightlights from there (<a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50010879" target="_blank">star</a>, moon, <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70072871" target="_blank">ladybug</a> and <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40098250" target="_blank">shell</a>)<br><br>
in the lamps section, they sell inexpensive plastic lamp with a solid shade so the bulb is not exposed to little fingers. we also use a lot of directional lights from IKEA in our school room.<br><br>
from the organization section we use a lot of <b><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40117003" target="_blank">tiny storage hampers</a> (DIMPA)</b> to hold puzzle pieces, blocks, etc.<br><br>
We use their <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50081471" target="_blank">velvet drawstring bag</a> to store all the wooden castle pieces, because it reminds us of a treasure pouch.
 

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I can't find it on their website, but we have 3 nesting upholstered (tables? benches?) that we found near the sofas. The largest is the size of a coffee table, and the smallest is basically a cushion that sits on the floor. My kids call them "the stage" and they use them for EVERYTHING. All my kids climb all over them, and it's not a problem. My little guy likes to crawl underneath the big one, my older girls use it for puppet shows. They spread them out to be "islands" in the family room, use them as doll beds, to make forts, and, of course, many, many performances.<br><br>
Oh, and they're slipcovered, so if they get dirty, I just throw the covers in the wash. They work for the typical coffee table stuff too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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My son just got the ekorre swing, rings and ladder for christmas and we will be hanging them inside the house soon. (Granny forgot to get the ekorre hooks to go with them, but she'll mail them soon) I cant wait for them to be up b/c I have a little boy who loves to hang from my curtains.<br>
I also love the minnen drake mirror. It looks like a castle door but you open it up and its a mirror with storage pockets.<br>
Ikea rocks. They're stuff is so cute and cheap, I just wish that it wasn't MIC.
 

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Oh, we also have the spinning chair that gets alot of use, but make sure you tighten the bolts/ screws well b/c it gets wobbly after awhile.
 

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Mine recently added $5 cloth masks and a puppet show theater.<br><br>
Plus they have an inexpensive tent and tunnel.<br><br>
We love Ikea and are lucky to have one 15 minutes from us - sometimes we just go to hang out in the children's dept!
 

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we have their cheap bookshelves all over the house.<br><br>
my 2.5 year old son LOVES his trainset. we got it for his birthday in may, and have added to it since then. he still plays with it pretty much daily and hasn't destroyed it, which i saying a lot for him.<br><br>
the easel looks nice, and we may get it for ds soon, since he is getting old enough to use it now. way cheaper than other ones i've seen.<br><br>
things like wooden spoons, etc from the kitchen department are cheap, durable, and ds uses them with his pretend food.
 

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I like many of the items mentioned above, but would add the <b>"trones"</b> to your list of things to check out while you are there. They are designed for shoe storage, but are perfect for:<br><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>kids gardening supplies</li>
<li>big art paper</li>
<li>"mail boxes outside the kid's bedroom doors</li>
<li>board books and puzzles in the toddler's room</li>
<li>many other uses, I'm sure!</li>
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They come in packs of three or can be purchases singularly. We have them hung at appropriate heights all over the house!<br><br><br>
an aside: we ugraded our version of windows explorer, and now I can't figure out how cut and paste a link here. Frustrating !
 

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Did someone say IKEA?<br><br>
I was there last night. Love that place! We also have two swings and furniture for the kids.<br><br>
I just bought the paint brushes. I'll have to get the paint and other art supplies as well.<br><br>
I am so getting the magnetic metal strips to hang on the wall. I plan to put a long strip all around their room so they can hang up art work. Only .99 a strip and it comes with 3 magnets! I actually couldn't find it last night and I was running out of steam so I didn't ask for help. Now, I wish I had. Must go back soon!<br><br>
2 weeks until payday!<br><br>
Oh, and I love the idea of the glass jars w/lids for all the "treasures" my ds collects. I never would have not of something so simple.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am so getting the magnetic metal strips to hang on the wall. I plan to put a long strip all around their room so they can hang up art work. Only .99 a strip and it comes with 3 magnets! I actually couldn't find it last night and I was running out of steam so I didn't ask for help. Now, I wish I had. Must go back soon!</div>
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We have those and they rock! I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Ikea.. I Don't have my favorite item yet, but I lust for it and will get it one day. I love the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/S89842470" target="_blank">Trofast stuff</a> (only I'd put 4 or 5 smaller bins instead of 3 big ones :p) for putting all the kids small legs & blocks & little people in.<br><br>
And we have these for crayons, colour pencils and one for misc stuff like the tape, stapler & pencil sharpener/crayon sharpener that like to get lost often)<br><a href="http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80098583" target="_blank">Glis boxes</a><br><br>
And thanks to you people making me go to the ikea website to link things, I've discovered this<a href="http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80109256" target="_blank">Chalkboard thingy</a> that we really need lol
 

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OK this thread needs to stop now!!! You all are making me want to go to IKEA immediately and spend money!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Actually, a vast number of ikea stuff is NOT MIC. Very few things I haver purchased there are specifically MIC.... it is from all over the world. This is actually one of the things I really like about IKEA--although the stuff is inexpensive, I find it very easy to find stuff made in other countries. I don't buy MIC unless it is second hand.
 

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Thanks everyone, just what I needed, more things to buy at IKEA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
We just had one built by us a year and a half ago, I love that store!
 
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