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Old 12-13-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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Question Homemade toddler toys ?? sensory activities ??

I used to work in a 2 yr old room and we would make activites for them .. i have to find my book for ideas but was wondering if anyone has some ideas .. i am thinking of making some for DS for Christmas since we do not have alot of $ to get more stuff ..

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Re: Homemade toddler toys ?? sensory activities ??

If you knit, bean bags are an easy toy to make up. Just knit up a couple same size squares, seam 3 of the sides together, fill w/dry beans and seam up the remaining opening. You can make a bean bag toss game out of a box. My kids like to use them to knock down their block towers and DD also uses them as (very lumpy) pillows for her doll.

Another "toy" we did for the kids was we made them a playhouse out of a big TV box. Our neighbor got a new TV and we asked her if we could take the box to use for the kids. Cut out a couple windows and a door for it and took it outside for the kids to paint. Once it dried, we brought it back inside and I gave the kids some markers, crayons, stickers, glue, pompoms and let the kids go nuts "decorating" the inside. We've had this house for over a year now and it still is holding up great and it's played with on a daily basis.
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Color sorter. Need a muffin tin, different color felt and matching pompoms, and cheap bamboo tongs. Cut circles out of the felt and glue on inside bottoms of muffin tins. Use tongs to pick up pompoms and sort by color.

Bean bags, I would sew them. Use Big lima beans, rice, lentils and maybe another different texture like dried peas. Or couscous. You could make different sizes/weights. Or buy different fabric, fleece, courdory, denim, flannel ect.


Playdough. There are lots of variations out there. Vary the flour and use whole wheat

Homemade stickers. It is messy but fun. You use knox jello and paint paper. They they are like and stick stickers. If you have access to dye cuts you can have a blast.

Music, sandpaper blocks are always fun.

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Music, sandpaper blocks are always fun.
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Sandpaper blocks???
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Yes, blocks of wood with sandpaper glued on one side. You take two and rub them together.

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Oh, okay! The two together makes sense. I was trying to imagine what to do with a sandpaper block.... <g>
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