Toddlers cost a fortune, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that! They outgrow toys in a matter of minutes, and I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel like I get value for money from them. We’re often disappointed by how limited they are, and then the toddler gets bored of them instantly. This is one of the many reason I buy her toys second hand, but I also like to try and make her toys if I can. Mostly it’s cuddly toys or play food, as my crafting skills are pretty limited, but I saw something on Pinterest (I know, I need to stop looking) that even I could manage.
All you need is a pack of lollipop sticks and some velcro dots. I got these both from Amazon as they are much cheaper than craft shops. You stick velcro dots to the ends of the lollipop sticks on both sides, making sure they line up right so they’ll stick, and then give them to your toddler. Easy peasy. It’s amazing watching them figure out how they stick together and developing their fine motor skills, and they get the satisfaction of making something themselves whilst discovering new things. It’s an activity that grows with them too, they can start with sticking them together, and then move on to making and identifying shapes, and then making letters. Fun and educational. Not bad for something that you stuck together yourself!!