$1 Do-It-Yourself Toddler Toy

Honestly, this idea is so simple I almost feel silly sharing it with you all.  BUT it has totally been a lifesaver for me so I figured maybe it was worth telling you about.

First, let me give a little bit of background.  Our 15 month old is busy.  Yes, I know, all toddlers are busy- I remember how our son was at that age.  But she’s very different than he was.  She is crazy busy- as in can’t sit still for more than 2 seconds busy.  Other than Duplos, she doesn’t play much with toys and so if I find something that can occupy her for more than a couple of minutes I feel like I’ve struck gold.

One day she was getting into everything while I was trying to make dinner.  I was feeling rather frazzled, unsure of what to do with her when suddenly it was like God brought to mind an idea I had seen a long time ago (I can’t remember where!).  In about 2 minutes I made this toy and it has become like gold to me.  In the past month since I made it she has played and played and played with it and I have been able to actually have a few moments of peace now and then as a result.  Well, other than when she comes squealing at me to take the lid off and empty it so she can start all over.  :)

So how do you make this $1 Toddler Toy?  It’s quite simple.

1.  Get a clean, plastic container.  (I used an old sour cream container because that was what I had on hand.  It’s ugly but it works!)

2.  Cut a nickel sized hole in the center of lid and put lid on container.

3.  Get some smallish pom-poms. (should be able to find some at the Dollar Store- something like these).

4.  Give child container and pom-poms.  Show them how to put the pom-poms through the hole.

5.  Enjoy some peace.  :)

Caution: If your child is the type that sticks everything in their mouth you’ll want to only use the bigger pom-poms and exercise caution when they are playing with it.

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  1. by Monica

    On March 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    It isn’t silly that you shared this at all. My 16mo is also crazy busy, or maybe just crazed. I’m going to try this! A moment of peace is worth a pound of gold. :)

  2. by Monica

    On April 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Yup, it’s a hit. So was the $1 pool noodle I bought that he can carry around the house. Hooray for cheap fun!

  3. by Lydia Beiler

    On April 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Monica- Okay, so I’m a little slow in responding but I wanted to say that I’m so glad that your son loved it too. Makes me happy knowing someone else could benefit! And your pool noodle comment made me laugh. I grabbed 2 last summer off the clearance rack at Rite Aid- think I paid $0.25 each. I got them for a project for the kids (which I still haven’t done!) but the kids have had so much fun playing with them! I thought maybe mine were the only ones who would be entertained by them. For whatever it’s worth, the one thing I wanted to do was to cut them into about 1 1/2 in. pieces and then get a rope, knot it on one end and then let the kids string them on the rope. Saw the idea on Pinterest and thought it might be worth a shot.