Gift giving always makes me feel good.
I feel even better when I have made the gift and I feel especially really good when I have made from re-cycled stuff.
For my Son's first Christmas I made him a toy.
I had noticed that he was getting to that "posting" stage of development e.g. putting things into holes, slots, DVD/CD players that don't naturally go there...
Christmas was fast approaching and still I had made nothing for him.
With the 'postings' in mind and bread in the video player, an idea found me.
I got a formula tin from my friend.
I got the older Sister to do some painting.
Inked and stamped their feet on to the dried painting.
Put a protective clear plastic self adhesive coating onto the painting and attached it to the tin.
I cut a circular hole in the lid.
Purchased a bag of wooden dolly pegs
And finally I advised the Mr that it would be a more meaningful gift for our Son if we were to both (be up late at night as the children slept dreaming of all things Christmas) be painting the pegs.
My Son has just had his second birthday, he still loves this toy as does our daughter. It gave him loads of pleasure picking up the dolls, turning them right way up and then dropping them into the hole...Magically disappearing! Picking them up, turning them right way up(an interesting little trait of his that things must be 'right way up') and putting them into the hole.... and repeat..
The look on his face was/is priceless.
Developmentally, this toy will help build hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, reasoning and more.
But basically it is fun, easy, and kids love it.
Hop on over to kootoyoo and see who else has some creative stuff to show n' tell.