DIY Toys: Coin bank and Colored ball sorter
My son goes to occupational therapy only twice a week, we do the activities at home for the rest of the week. We were told to use any substitute for the items they were using, for example any puzzle toy, shape sorter etc. When they started working with coin bank and colored ball sorter, I saw some items we could use to make them at home.
This is more of a recycling activity than DIY, actually there is only one thing you have to do, cut. Just scan around your house and see what you can transform into a new toy for your child.
– empty can with lid
– poker chips (or cut out cardboard)
– knife (or cutting tool to make slit)
– things to make it look pretty (optional)
First, I cleaned an empty milk can and let it dry. (I also wanted to make a drum set but didn’t have space to store the milk cans) Then make a slit wide enough for the coin to pass through on the lid.
We are using our M&M poker chips for coins. The poker chips have different colors and can also be used for color sorting.
If you don’t have any poker chips, you can just cut out circles from cardboard and color or draw on them if you like. If your child is old enough, you can do this activity together.
This helps babies with their fine motor skills but make sure to watch them while playing because the poker chip/coin might be a choking hazard.
Colored ball sorter
– Pringles can or similar
– Colored balls (ballpit balls from Ninang)
– knife (or cutting tool to make a hole)
First, empty your favorite can of Pringles then clean it. Next make a hole at the sides about half to one inch from the top and bottom. This will serve as a window to see the colored balls. Make the hole smaller than the width of your balls, otherwise they will fall out.
You can try to make the hole straighter or smoother, make sure to check there are no sharp edges. You can also cover the side with your child’s artwork but I left it as it is for now.
Eat as many Make as many as you need, but I think you should start with just 2 colors for babies.
Keep the plastic lid so that you can store the balls in the can after playtime.
I hope some of you are inspired to make your own toys from materials around the house. Toys don’t need to be expensive, they have to be fun. If all else fails, give your child a box and I’m sure he/she will play with it for long time.