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The Simplest DIY Toys for Easter!
I’m so excited to be participating in my first ever Creative Challenge with Tinkerlab this month. Tinkerlab holds these awesome Creative Challenges bi-monthly with a different craft material for kids each month. This month’s challenge was to let the kids create and play – open-ended-ly (Yes, that’s a new word!) – with EGGS. So I gathered up as many different kinds and sizes of plastic Easter eggs from the dollar store I could, threw them in a basket, and let the kids at ’em. No other supplies or ideas given. I thought they would ask for some other stuff to use, but check out the super simple DIY toys they came up with using JUST the eggs…
Nesting Easter Eggs – Super Simple DIY Toys
I set out the basket full of plastic eggs with a plastic tray next to it. First, J.C. pulled eggs out of the basket and lined them up on the tray, matching them by size, color, and pattern.
Then he worked on opening and closing the different eggs. Which was great for strengthening his fine motor development, too. It didn’t take him long to try nesting the smaller ones inside the larger ones. Sometimes they didn’t fit quite right, and he moved on to try another egg. It was great problem solving on his part!
Since we’re working on his speech more lately, I sat with him and followed his lead, talking about the sizes, colors, and patterns of the eggs as he played.
I was pleasantly surprised that he explored these “Nesting Eggs” for at least 30 minutes. Opening, closing, nesting, sorting. I wondered if it was “creative” enough for the Tinkerlab Creative Challenge, but I silenced those doubts with the realization that this was truly HIS toddler creativity at work.
Make sure to hop over to Tinkerlab’s Creative Challenge to see all of the other creative kid-led ideas using EGGS!
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What DIY Toys have you made for your kids? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!