Novel Distraction Toys for Children from Everyday Things
Keep in mind the abilities of your child when choosing the toys.
1) An empty plastic water bottle and cut up straws. Game: Put the pieces of straws in the bottle opening. Poke a tiny hole in the cap if you want to up the challenge.
2) A sock with different objects inside. Game: “Can you find the walnut inside by just feeling with your fingers? What else is in there: a paper clip; a comb? No peeking”!
3) A bag with raisins and toothpicks. Game: To skewer the raisins until the toothpick is full and then pull them off with the front teeth!
4) Two ends of a milk carton cut off and inserted into each other (to form a small closed box) and pennies. Cut a fat slit in the top of the small box. Game: to insert pennies, one by one, inside the little slot.
5) A bag of Cheerios or *Fruit Loops and a piece of string. Knot one end and put tape on the other to make it pointed. Game: To make an edible necklace
*Substitute organic sugar-free veggie colored o cereal for traditional Fruit Loops.
6) A bag of stickers. Game: To peel off and stick on anything in sight.
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