Andrew has been very clingy lately. It’s to the point where I’ve played with him all morning, read to him, fed him, but he still wants my attention. I couldn’t figure out what to do. He’s not walking yet, so the park is a no go right now. We go on walks , I read to him & I rotate his toys. A few of my friends suggested making a sensory bin. I made the simplest bin ever. A large storage tub filled with baby cereal and measuring cups. Sure it kept his attention for a bit, but it was messy! That & I was worried the dog would get to it.
I came across a wonderful blog that had SO many creative ideas for activities with children. It really amazes me how creative people can be. Most of the time I wonder why I didn’t think of something so simple.
In the end, at least in my experience, kids are more drawn to simple things than the flashy toy with all the bells & whistles. Heck, I remember my parents got a new fridge when I was about 4 years old. They saved that huge box it came in & cut out some squares in it for windows. There’s pictures of me playing in that box, pretending it was a house. I remember feeling really sad when it was finally time to throw that make believe house out.
So with that being said, it was no surprise to me that Andrew likes playing with things that aren’t toys. He loves playing with boxes, the box of diaper wipes, straws, and plastic cups. So this little craft I made for him was a big hit.
I washed out a gallon milk jug, let it dry, and cut a big hole in the top and on the side. Then, I put some of his small toys in it, including some mesh feeders that got repurposed. I only had to demonstrate how to use the toy once and he was all over it.
It didn’t take him long to get the hang of using his brand new toy. He also let out a few squeals and giggles as he played. Like I said, I’m glad the simple things amuse him. Please check out The Imagination Tree to make your own milk jug toy. I know I’ll be checking it out for more ideas!