my son has hit an age where he is negotiating spaces. He is doing this in many different ways! Not only does he see where and how he can set his body into a space, but how other objects fit into spaces as well. Needless to say, my pots, pan's, and food storage containers have been pulled out and strewn all over the kitchen floor for several weeks now, multiple times a day! Does he go for The puzzle box toys we have? No. I feel like babies are more drawn to the every day object. Maybe this is because they see their parent or caregiver using it, but regardless it is the pots and pans that pull his attention more than the cute adorable puzzle toy. So that is what got me thinking… What is something he has seen me use that I could repurpose into A toy that is not so loud when dropped or hit against the floor.
this was a winner! Such a simple toy that one month later he is still drawn to! Here's what it is:
large colorful straws from dollar store
rinsed out Parmesan cheese container
colorful electrical tape from dollar store
scrap piece of string or rope
start off by adding some of the electrical tape to the washed container. You can also use duct tape, I really enjoy electrical tape because it is smooth, stretches, and adheres really nicely to an object without having any residue on the edges.
Cut a piece of rope or ribbon and remove the From the container. Hold it along the top sides of the open container, forming a loop coming off the top of the container. With the other hand, twist the Back into place.
now decide how many straws you are comfortable having all over the house! I really enjoy these large straws because they are also fun to show how to blow and being a larger opening, directs more air.
that's it! The string makes a handle and also easy way that you can hang the toys somewhere. Once your little one becomes the Milyer with colors you can play simple games with the straws by Colors, making patterns of what colors go into the container first and etc.
I adore being a mom. Each day is filled with small moments of joy...and some challenging ones too! All of it is just too precious.