I knew one thing as soon as I signed up for the peg doll exchange– at our house, these were meant to be classic toys, not knick knacks to collect dust! I wanted the kids to really play with them.
Well, wish granted. I seriously don’t think more than a handful of days has gone by since they opened them on Christmas that the kids haven’t played with these wooden Saint dolls.
My First Instinct For Storing Them
I will admit that my first instinct was to buy more of these spice rack shelves and line them up like I did for this photograph all the time. Ahhhh- so… pretty… to… look… at!
An Ideal World
But then I realized that I truly want them to be toys for the kids to use all the time. They needed to be stored in a way that was easy for kids to put them away, and that the kids could carry them around in to different rooms. So I got a $5 basket from Wal-Mart for the peg dolls to live in.
Do they get lost sometimes? I suppose they do (at least temporarily). Do I find them laying around on the floor sometimes? Yep. Does it bring joy to my heart every time I see the kids playing with them? Absolutely!
I don’t usually allow toys to be stored in the living room, but I had somewhat of a change of heart with these little guys. They always seemed to find their way into the living room anyway, and again, they don’t make me want to cringe when I see them on the floor- they make me smile.
So I let the kids keep them in this cabinet we have by the couch.
They keep the castle on top of the cabinet, and our blocks, doll house, and basket of peg dolls are stored inside.
The Peg Doll Castle
Although it seems that everyone is making their own cathedral for their Saints, I just knew I didn’t have the time, so I ordered this castle (which I got on sale). Once it arrived, I honestly thought it was too small for our dolls, but that hasn’t bothered my kids one little bit. They play with these guys in the castle all the time.
We also have this little foldable doll house (which I found at a thrift store) that we keep with the peg dolls. The kids love to play with the dolls in both, and with 4 kids of peg doll age, we have enjoyed having more than one thing for them to live in. Again, this house seemed a little small for the dolls to me, but the kids love it.
Having the dolls in the basket and the doll house and castle that are foldable make these really portable. The kids can easily pick them up and take them wherever they want to play!
The first time my kids asked to take these outside, I was like “WHAT?! Those things are hand-painted you crazies!” lol. I know I said I wanted them to be toys, but I never dreamed of letting them outside… but… my kids really wanted to play with them with the neighborhood kids, who don’t come in the house. So I made an exception and allowed them just on the front porch. Again, what’s the point of owning them if they’re not being used?
Peg Doll Car And Bus
I saw these on Etsy and I knew they looked like a ton of fun! They’re actually really affordable. I only found one shop that makes them big enough for the size of peg I use. We got this peg doll bus, and this peg doll car.
We also have a big wooden truck they drive them around in a lot that was made by their awesome German great-grandfather. Sorry- he doesn’t sell them! I can’t say that this is probably the most Historically accurate way to play with these guys, but my kids love to push these cars around with their favorite Saints.
Lining Them Up:
A favorite peg doll past time- lining them all up.
I get it. I love seeing them all lined up, too. 🙂
Peg Dolls With Blocks
Last, but certainly not least, my kids love to play with these dolls along with our wooden Melissa and Doug blocks. They build all kinds of things, from churches to rocket ships. Whatev.
A Tip For Sanity- Don’t Count Your Dolls
Don’t count your dolls all the time! It will just make you crazy, it will make you yell at your kids, it will make them sad, it will make you want to keep the dolls under lock down, etc. Yes, these are amazing, quality, heirloom toys. But you know what? We’re not supposed to be super attached to possessions. They’re just possessions. Besides, if you use my Printable Peg Saints, you can rest easy- they don’t take long to put together.
And hey, if your kids are anything like mine, they will all soon have their favorites and know them each by name, and your kids will be the first ones to know when one of their heavenly heros goes missing. 😉Pin It