I love to think of fun things for our little grandsons to do when they come to visit our house. Not long ago I put together a simple little toy that gave the boys a fun way to practice their developing fine motor skills. Basically all you do is cut a handful of drinking straws in half and just let your kiddos stick the straws through the holes in the lid of a jar, filling the jar with the straws. I used the lids to Parmesan cheese containers, since they have nice round holes that are just a bit bigger than the average straw.
Since babies like to put things in their mouths, this is definitely a ‘do-with-them’ toy. And I realized AFTER doing this that– duh– I really should have used the plastic parmesan cans instead of screwing lids onto canning jars. Though canning jars are sturdy and not likely to break when kids are playing on a carpeted floor, kids could theoretically throw them and break them. Next time I buy parmesan, I’ll save those plastic cans to make this toy safer. One thing that I didn’t expect (but probably should have guessed) is that they liked emptying the jars just as much as they liked to fill them.
As you can see by the engrossed expressions on our little guys’ faces, they LOVED this game. It kept them both in the same place, happily occupied, for a good ten minutes, which for them is quite an accomplishment. They tend to turbo all around the house rapidly, usually in different directions.
My absolute favorite picture is this last one, where Ascher is leaning way down to see Ranger’s straws go into the jar. It was so much fun to see how much they enjoyed this simple little toy. If you don’t have straws, you could do the same thing with crayons or pipe cleaners.Pin It