This post was contributed by Leah of Simple. Home. Blessings.
Make a DIY Toy with Just TWO Everyday Items!
Inspiration hits this mama in flashes most of the time. I will be sitting watching my girls play, and something they do or say or show interest in will spark a sudden idea. And I have to be fast about writing it down or getting it done because I will likely forget it very quickly. The other day a group of ideas I had seen on Pinterest and my kid’s sudden fascination with all the plastic bowls in one of the cabinets in our kitchen lit sparks in my imagination that quickly turned into a really fun DIY toy for my little ones. And I loved that I had all the items I needed on hand, meaning I can entertain my favorite busy bodies without spending a dime! Here’s what I did…
“Ribbon Spaghetti” DIY Toy
- scrap ribbon
Make it by simply slipping pieces of ribbon through the holes in the colander and tying knots large enough so the ribbons cannot be tugged through the holes and slip out. Make sure you tie knots on both sides of the ribbon. Yes, this is a fine-motor skill challenge for mamas too!
When I gave this to my girls, I set it in front of them (bowl upside down) with the ribbons inside the bowl and directed them to pull the ribbons out of the bowl. Once all the ribbons were out of the bowl, I turned the bowl over and directed them to pull the ribbons inside the bowl. Both girls were enthusiastic and engaged with this activity for some time and returned to it for more fun.
This DIY toy helps my girls work on concentration, fine motor development and listening to and following instructions. It was also an opportunity for each of them to practice taking turns and cooperating with one another – something we are really working on lately.
Have you ever made a DIY toy for your kids? How do your children inspire you?
I am am LOVING this DIY toy! How cool that I already have everything that I need. And I love that it is something that my older kids can play with along side their toddler brother. The perfect toy for some sibling bonding! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Leah!
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