Toddlers learn better when they’re having fun. As they play with their toys, they get to develop their cognitive skills as well as the basics of some academic subjects. You can give your kids fun educational toys by creating your own pieces. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a fortune in getting those items. All you need is creativity and some imagination. Get ideas from these samples:
The Crayon Tree
The crayon tree is both a coloring material and a kiddie ornament. The crayons are stuck to a cardboard tube, in such a way, that the whole structure resembles a tree or a totem pole. Kids can simply grab the crayons then return them after use, without marring the tree’s design. Given the materials used, making the crayon tree is practically costless, so better line it up as a nifty birthday present.
- paper towel tube
- eight crayons
- paint (optional)
- Get the tube from a large sized paper towel.
- Cut out eight small holes, just enough to fit a crayon, on the tube. Make sure the holes are evenly placed throughout the tube, so it will look like a tree when the crayons are in place.
- Paint the tube to look like a tree bark or you can apply your own design.
- When the paint dries, stick the crayons onto the holes.
If you feel the crayon tree’s design is too bland, stick paper mache on the tube. You can also put stickers and small ornaments to make it look more stylish.
Abstract Handprint Cards
The prints of hands and fingers look interesting, especially for children. During your kid’s birthday, prepare a white cardstock and write a short message and greeting on one corner. Dip your palm on non toxic paint then make a handprint near the message. On the other side of the card, let your kids make their own handprints, so they can join in on the designing fun. Use different colors, so the card will look cool.
Homemade Pop-Up Book
No kid isn’t fascinated with pop-up books. The three-dimensional figures, created from cardboard cutouts, never cease to amaze kids. They will love observing and playing with the figures for hours. When creating a pop up book, you must think of a good intricate pattern. Cut that pattern out on a cardboard sheet, making it stand. Make sure the pattern is foldable. Stick another layer of cardboard beneath the pattern to make it sturdy. Just repeat the process when creating other patterns. When you have enough pop-ups, compile them and have them bookbound. Place kiddie designs on the cover to make it appealing for your child. (For alternatives, learn how to make a handmade book)
The Shape Sheet
Using thick card stock, you can create a fun toy that your kid can learn from. Draw all the basic shapes on a sheet of card stock. Color each shape distinctly. Once done, label the shapes, so your kid will remember them. Cut out the shapes and let your kid figure out how to properly assemble the shape sheet.
Learning and Playtime
By giving your kid such toys, you can foster learning and playtime at the same time. Try your hand at making your own set of creative toys, your kids will surely benefit from them. Feel free to post your own concepts for creative toys on the comments section. If you enjoyed learning this article, might as well read how to disinfect toys.