Many parents, relatives, and caregivers enjoy creating handmade toys for their children. This is a really great way to continually give your children new materials to explore, without breaking the bank. Re-using materials from your home also sets a wonderful example for children of how to use re-purposed materials in a way that is environmentally friendly. Below are some examples of toys and games made by Pine Village’s talented teachers. We hope you enjoy looking through them and trying them at home!
it should never be done with children under 3 or any child who mouths objects!
|Children can use these new magnet sticks to
create fun designs and practice shapes. In
order to create a square of just one color,
children also need to practice sorting
and matching skills. The possibilities- and
the learning potential- are endless!
|If you try this with yarn, try taping the ends to avoid fraying.
Here are a couple of great uses for clothes pins! Teachers at Pine Village in Needham made this fun number matching game using clothes pins and a paper plate.
Lastly, in our Kendall Square school, teachers glued clothes pins to cork boards so they can easily change which projects are up on the walls.
These are just a few ideas for materials that are inexpensive and fun, and also promote learning through play. Leave us a comment and let us know- what are some handmade items your children enjoy using at home?