Sometimes, it’s the simplest ideas and toys that can help a child learn motor skills and keep them entertained for hours. This toy is the perfect example that you don’t need to buy an expensive toy to achieve the above goals. We made this toy with items we already had at the house, so it was free for us, but if you were to have to purchase them, it would only be a couple of dollars.
We used an empty cream cheese container (cleaned out, of course) and a bunch of pom pom balls in various sizes. You can use any type of plasti container with a lid…butter, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc. You can find the pom poms at your local craft store and probably at most mass retailers like Target and Walmart. Or here is perhaps the largest bag of pom pom balls I have ever seen and it’s still under $10.
After the plastic container has been cleaned, cut a few holes of various sizes in the lid. We used a razor blade, but you could also use a knife.
And that’s it! Told you it was easy. We handed Trent the container and set a bunch of pom pom balls near him and showed him what to do and he was off. He picked up on it right away and before we knew it, he had put all the balls into the container and was opening it to dump them back out again!
This helps him learn what size pom poms fit into each hole (although I think he outsmarted us and puts them all through the largest hole…).
As you can see, pants are not required to fully enjoy this toy.
No joke, this toy has entertained him for hours since we made it about 2 weeks ago. He even had a friend come over last week that was interested in this toy more than most of the other toys.
Making toys like this makes me want to think of/find other simple, educational type toys to make…preferably with stuff we already have laying around the house. Have any ideas that you’ve done or seen? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on our Facebook page!