7. Busy Bottles
I just love these brightly colored and totally unique busy bottles. You can personalize them with very inexpensive “busy” items, even with the help of your toddler. Clean out some small bottles and fill partway with water. Then add some goodies, top off with water, and glue the lid on. Easy peasy!
Check out PinkPistachio.com for a full tutorial on making your own busy bottles and other great tips on family, fashion and food.
An abacus is a great toy, for old or young children. Younger kids learn some dexterity while improving their sensory skills. Older children can use it to count and multiply. It’s an easy toy that can be made tens of different way, using beads, cereal O’s or small rings. The options are endless! Hobby Lobby has a great tutorial on making your own Abacus right here! Just scroll all the way to the bottom!
9. Foam Lacing Shapes
Little hands will love this activity them keeps them busy. It also helps improve dexterity and fine motor skills. All you need are some laces, sheets of foam that you will cut into shapes and a hole punch. Head over to PowerfulMothering.com for a great tutorial and tons of other printables, kids activities and crafts!