Make Your Own Developmental Baby Toys

Shakers

Age range: 14-24 months

Developmental skills: Younger children will be motivated to shake these rattles when they discover that they make noise. For older toddlers, the variety of sounds produced when they shake these canisters will give them the incentive to listen closely. Gradually they'll get interested in comparing the different rattles. They may even become aware of the different weights. They'll be developing their ability to notice similarities and differences. Loud and soft or noisy and quiet are words you can use often to teach the concepts they describe.

Materials needed:

  • 6 empty film containers or empty bubble containers
  • 1 tablespoon of unpopped popcorn
  • a penny
  • a button
  • safety pins
  • a barrette
  • a bolt
  • nontoxic epoxy

Instructions:

1. Fill each container with a different item or group of items. For example, you could put a penny in the first container; a button in the second container; unpopped popcorn in the third, etc.

2. Spread epoxy on the threads where the lids screw or snap on. Attach the lids as tightly as possible and wipe away excess epoxy.

*Safety note: Keep checking to make sure that the glue on the lids is holding.

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