30 June 2007

Cut broom handles down for toddlers

From uber-Parenthackers Sara and Ben:

I was looking for a child size broom for J, but not having a lot of luck finding one that was affordable.  Ben went to the grocery store, bought a cheap wisk broom with a wooden handle, cut it off at about J.'s height, and reattached the plastic topper (you could also just sand it down).  It's a bit out of proportion, but we can let her help without fear of the broom handle hitting someone in the eye or knocking things off the counters.

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I've been trying to find a cheap kids broom for my toddler, this idea is so obviously the solution I'm embarassed I didn't think of it but it didn't even cross my mind.
Thank you so much for the solution

And if you assemble the Swiffer with less than all of the metal tubes, you get a kid-sized mop thing.

i thank you sooo much for this one. just yesterday i had to take the broom away from kieran, my 19 m.o., because he was seriously threatening the glassware on the counter w/ it. he's not quite old enough to organize 'real' cleaning but he, too loves to vacuum, squirt & wipe, empty the dishwasher, etc. i need to look at this as a plus, not as another mess to clean up after.

We got our kid size broom at ACE Hardware. I think it was actually listed as a hearth broom. They're very sturdy too. My mom runs a school for young kids, and she uses the ACE Hardware brooms in the classroom - they last for years.

We did the same with a kids' gardening broom from Target.

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