Monday, February 1, 2010

A toy I can make!

I am not the most creative person, and I rarely make things but I have found an easy toy that my babies have enjoyed, and I actually can make it. I have made one for each of my kids and now I've made a few for neighbors and family for presents. Here are the simple steps.
Materals needed: empty can with lid (I use a hot cocoa container or a formula can)
used canning lids
colorful stickers
razor blade or knife
Step 1: Clean out the can with a damp paper towel (don't get too wet because the container is cardboard
Step 2: Make a opening on the top with your razor blade or knife. The opening should be just big enough for a canning lid to slid through the opening. (pictured below)

Step 3- Decorate outside of can and each lid with stickers. I like to write the child's name on the can somewhere with a permanent marker or with stickers
Step 4: Your done! Now try it out. This is Peanut playing with her new toy. She will put all of the lids in by herself and then she brings it to me to open again and again. It's a fun game for her. She likes the praise I give her after she puts them all in.
This is the finished product. Very simple as you can see but my kids loved it between the ages of 9 months to about 2 1/2 years. Great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development. It's a precursor activity to doing simple puzzles.
The toy doesn't last forever so that is why I made one for each of my kids. But hey it cost near to nothing to make and you recycle garbage! Win Win!
Let me know if any of you try it and like it. Have you made any toys you can share with us. If it's too complicated I may not be able to do it, but I'll try! =)


  1. That looks really fun and easy! Thanks for the idea!

  2. I've done that before but I usually use a sour cream container and tags off of bread. I laughed when I read your comment about the Lionel Richie song because I love it! "How would you like to sail away to the Bahamas" :) I'm excited to hear how your cruise goes. Post pics :)

  3. That will definitely be a winner! So fun!


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