Homemade Toys – Toddler
Making and playing with a homemade skittle set can be lots of fun for you and your toddler – that’s two fun activities in one!
Did you know?
Aiming and rolling a boll towards the skittles helps improve eye hand coordination, balance and control.
Encourage your toddler to help you work out whose turn it is e.g. “Sarah’s turn” or “Daddy’s turn”. Saying the person’s name makes it easier for toddlers to remember who’s turn it is and follow basic rules of a game.
You can introduce different concepts by making comments during or after each person’s turn e.g. “That was fast!” or “Oh, too wide”, and talking about moving “closer” or “further” away from the skittles.
Early maths skills can easily be part of the game. Count to 3 to start a turn e.g. “1, 2, 3 – go!”. Encourage your toddler to help you count the number of skittles knocked down. Try using balls of different sizes or changing the way the skittles are set-up e.g. in a triangle, or row, or making the space between them bigger or smaller. Playing together helps your toddler develop their social and emotional skills such as sharing and taking turns.
Each skittle could be a different colour! Pour a small amount of your chosen paint into a clear bottle and put the lid back on. Then you and your toddler can roll the bottle around to move the paint and colour the bottle from the inside.
Non-toxic, washable paint is best for toddlers.
Across the ages
Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.