DIY Toddler Toy

I recently came back from a four day California coastal cruise with my husband, son, daughter-in-law, their two children(ages 3 and 18 months), and her parents. We were flying to the cruise port and I wanted to make something for my eighteen month old grandson to play with on the plane, and also while we were on the cruise ship.

I went to our local Dollar Tree to see what I could make. I came across two small clear plastic containers with lids that can pop up. These were small enough that we could pack it in the carry on bag. While I was at the Dollar Tree I was looking to see what he could put in it that wasn’t too small.

I came across some plastic fruit that is used to freeze and put in drinks. This was a great size and it fit in the conatainer. I also had some other things at home that he could drop in it – plastic bottle lids and the colorful plastic lids from fruit pouches. I brought five of each and put them in ziploc bags. I also put a piece of felt in the bottom of one of the containers so it won’t be too loud when he drops things in it. Normally I wouldn’t mind it being loud, but since we were on an airplane I wanted to be considerate of others.

In the other conatainer, I put some colorful and silky material in it, that he can pull out. He liked that but I think he had more fun with the container that he could dump out and fill again. His three year old sister liked playing with it also.

Plastic jars and fruit from the Dollar Tree.

Plastic jars and fruit from the Dollar Tree.

DIY Toddler Toy

DIY Toddler Toy


E dumping plastic fruit.

E dumping plastic fruit.


E putting plastic fruit in container.

E putting plastic fruit in container.

Sensory Tubs – What Age Do You Start Your Child?

What age do you start having your infant/toddler/preschooler start playing with sensory tubs? There are many ideas available on Pinterest and blogs on the internet of sensory activities that you can do with your child. There are even ones for infants/toddlers.
When I was over at my daughter’s house last week to play with our grandchildren I brought along some fall sensory things to play with. My two granddaughters ages 4 and 17 months old was interested in playing with the sensory tub.
The 17 month old loved pouring, scooping, and playing with the toys that were inside the tub. I was sitting right there with her, to make sure she wouldn’t put the small things in her mouth. She did great playing with it, had lots of fun, and didn’t put anything in her mouth.
The only drawback was the rice got everywhere with the toddler, especially when she was trying to pour. Next time, I may set a sheet or old tablecloth down on the floor and put the tub on top of that. This way if any rice gets on the sheet when she is done I can just gather it up and dump the rice back into the sensory tub.

H(4) and N(17 months) playing with the fall sensory tub.

H(4) and N(17 months) playing with the fall sensory tub.


H & N playing with the fall sensory tub.

H & N playing with the fall sensory tub.