When my two year old developed an obsession with cars, trucks, buses, tractors (all things wheeled), I searched and searched for a "road rug" for him to drive on; you know, the rugs designed with ribbons of black with white dashes winding all around, sometimes with scenes of farms or cities printed on them. After a long search, I was relieved to save some money by finding we already had a really cool rug road right under our noses:
Those rugs with the printed road designs on them are almost always made of nylon or some other synthetic material that I try to minimize around the house. Plus, I knew their themed designs would only last him so long before a new obsession. Then, one day, I realized that our large wool living room rug has roads (abstract ones, admittedly) all over it! One hint at lining his cars up on the "blue roads", as we call them, and he was hooked.
Now, we often have traffic jams in the living room. But I'm happy to see our home's decor being enjoyed by even the youngest in the household and to know that I didn't waste a dime on a specifically-themed rug that will be outgrown in the blink of an eye.
(Image: Regina Yunghans)