Create giant building blocks from old boxes covered in wrapping paper.
You've just sat down to enjoy that much anticipated cup of coffee and in walks your toddler with those dreaded words, "I'm bored!" His toy room is filled to the brim with every toy he pointed to at the store, but none seem worthy of his interest for very long. Instead of another trip to the toy store, use some items from around the home to make some toys that will stave off those dreaded words a little bit longer.
1Make some musical toys. What toddler-aged boy doesn’t love to make noise? If you are tired of his using your pots and pans as drums, try making a few inexpensive musical instruments to satisfy his little musician within and save your pots for mealtime as well. You can make a musical shaker from an empty bread crumb container or a margarine container. Fill the container with rice or dried beans, put the lid on and seal it tightly shut with duct tape. You don’t want him getting the instrument open and spilling or eating the contents. Let him decorate the shaker with stickers or markers for a customized music maker.
2Add to his assortment of instruments with a rudimentary guitar. Slide an elastic band or two over a plastic cup and voila. Now he can create music by plucking away at the rubber bands.
3Create a horn from a paper towel or wrapping paper tube. Cut the tube in half if you are using a wrapping paper tube. Cover one end of the tube with waxed paper and wrap an elastic band around it to hold it in place. Poke a few holes along the tube and then have your toddler sing through the open end of the tube.
4Make hand puppets from some of those old socks destined for the trash bin. Sew on two round buttons to make the eyes, but make sure you sew securely to keep the buttons on the puppet and out of your toddler’s mouth.
5Create a set of finger puppets from a raggedy old pair of gloves. Cut off the fingers from the gloves and then use fabric paint pens or markers to give each little puppet a face.
6Make a stage for your toddler to perform his puppet shows. Start with a large cardboard box for the base of the stage and decorate it with brightly patterned wrapping paper. For the top of the puppet show stage, cut the top and bottom off another box. Stand it on top of the base with one side of the box facing downward. Tape it in place and decorate it with wrapping paper. Staple some old fabric to the top of the puppet stage to make the curtain and tie it out of the way when your toddler’s show is about to begin.
Things You'll Need
- Bread crumb or margarine container
- Rice or dried beans
- Duct tape
- Elastic bands
- Plastic cup
- Paper towel or wrapping paper tube
- Waxed paper
- Old socks
- Sewing needle and thread
- Old pair of gloves
- Fabric paint pen or marker
- Large cardboard boxes
- Wrapping paper