Today’s tipid toy is so ridiculously easy and simple that I feel a little ridiculous even blogging about it, but here goes.
A cousin started playing this with the twins a couple of weeks ago, and we’re still getting some play time out of it until now. There are only two materials: an empty 6-liter distilled water container, and a bunch of scrap paper – in this case, some Toys R Us gift wrapper since we just unwrapped a gift for the twins the night before (thanks, Ninang Abby!).
We use up a lot of distilled water for the twins’ milk, and we sometimes let the twins play with the empty containers. They like walking around the living room banging it noisily to the floor, and sometimes we let them put pebbles inside.
Also, the labels can work as crowns.
With the Toys R Us gift wrapper just lying around, however, my cousin started tearing the wrapper and forming little balls that the twins can put inside the water containers for some fine motor activity.
Some of the wadded up pieces of paper are bigger than the others and so would require a little bit more effort to squish in. There was quite a bit of wrapping paper available, so it took a lot of time to tear it all up. Of course, when all the paper balls are inside, it’s time to take them out and begin again!
Shaking the bottle sometimes works, as the smaller paper balls fall out.
But taking them out by hand is even better fine motor exercise!
When playing with the paper balls started to get a bit old, they discovered that they can sit on the bottles and basically squish them. Makes an awful racket, but they like it!
After a few times of doing that, it became quite hard to return the bottle to its original shape, so I guess it will be off to the recycle bin soon, but basically it’s already been reused. I’ve also toyed with the idea of reusing them by trying my hand at planting some herbs, but that’s a totally different project and well, it hasn’t happened yet 🙂 See you next Tipid Toy Tuesday!