I began thinking, "I could recreate the blocks (minus the animal noises) based on his favorite characters." Currently, he loves the Sesame Street characters, so I decided to make my own set of matching character blocks.
- 6 laminated print outs of your child's favorite character(s)
- 2 small styrofoam blocks (I found mine at the Dollar Tree for $1 each)
Place each laminated print out face down and outline the 2 blocks back to back.
Use your lines as a guide and cut a few centimeters inside the lines you traced, excluding the middle line. Cut directly through the middle.
Check the sizes by placing them on the styrofoam block making adjustments as needed. Then, glue the 12 character pieces to each side of the block making sure each character matches up.
I placed a book on top of mine allowing them to dry for two days before introducing them to my son.
Have your child name each character, find matching halves, and match them up correctly.
Tip #9: Most of us see toys we think our children would enjoy on a regular basis; however, we can't (and shouldn't) buy them everything. Examine the toy and think about the ways you could recreate it at home.
Links to Toddler (18-24 Month) Activiites
- Toddler Activity #1: Flip Top Lid Fun
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