Keeping Little Lady busy during our school time has proven to be a bit difficult. She wants to do "cool rk" too, so I have tried to come up with a couple little games for her to play. The most successful by far has been the straw drop.
It's a pretty simple concept, the colored straws are dropped through the matching colored holes.
It's also pretty simple to put together...
Supplies: empty oatmeal container, black spray paint, paper, pencil, scissors, paint chips, x-acto knife straws, tape, & stickers
Step 1: spray paint outside of oatmeal container
Step 2: draw lid size circle on paper (ours was the same size as a cd)
Step 3: fold and cut circle into four parts
Step 4: trace parts of circle on to paint chips, cut out, tape to lid
Step 5: use x-acto knife to cut straw size circles from lid (a hole punch could also work)
Step 6: add stickers
Frankly, I have been quite shocked by how huge of a hit this game has been. She wants to play with it almost everyday and it keeps her busy for a good fifteen minutes each time; she'll put all the straws in, dump it, and start over multiple times in a row. The only problem I've had with the game is Mini Man wanting to play with it too - Little Lady prefers to do it all by herself.
If you are looking for an quick, expensive, homemade toy/gift for a toddler this is a great option.
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