Want to give your child the option of playing with safe and handmade toys that are customised to their needs? Here are some great ideas for DIY toys which you can easily make at home
By Deepti Menon
Remember your little one’s excitement when you first shook a rattle near her ears? Or the quizzical look on your infant’s face the first time she touched something cold? As adults, we often take our five senses for granted, but for a child, these are the tools used to explore the world around. Sensory play is an essential part of early childhood development, for not only does it foster cognitive growth but also stimulates the child’s emotional and creative development.
Toddlers and preschoolers are easily bored with the standard store-bought toys. Often, these expensive toys are left to collect dust in a corner of the house while your toddler is busy playing with something as insignificant as a pot. That is why DIY home-made toys are a brilliant way to keep your little ones engaged.
DIY toys are not only easy on the pocket but are a great way to develop children’s motor skills and teach your young ones the fundamental basics -- shapes, colours, sizes, words. For older children, creating these toys at home with their parents becomes a bonding activity. Since most of the toys are made by reusing everyday household objects, it also inculcates the importance of recycling in children.
Here are a few easy-to-make DIY toys that your young ones will enjoy playing with:
Children are, by nature, highly inquisitive. You would have often noticed your little ones trying to open cupboards, feel new surfaces or even pull wires. So why not create a centralised area to satiate their urge for exploration?
Create a fun activity that will help develop your child’s fine motor skills and also help them learn colours and counting
Children love solving puzzles and from toddlers to older children, almost everyone loves the challenge involved. Puzzles are a useful way of building inquisitiveness in little ones and honing their problem-solving skills.
You would have often noticed your little one intently remove objects from a container and put them back in. You can further enhance their learning by turning this interest into an exploratory game.
Here’s another simple and fun way to teach your toddler colours and develop their linguistic skills. All you need is three simple ingredients!
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