Lucy doesn’t really like toys. Not dolls. Not blocks. Not anything that makes noise, lights up or plays music. Although she is surrounded by toys, she isn’t really entertained by them. For a while, her favorite activity was putting linking rings into an empty tissue box. With that in mind, I set out to find something that would occupy her for a while when I was busy helping the bigger kids with homework. The result? The amazing pom-pom stuffer:
I had a few bags of pom poms that I had purchased a while back in the Dollar Spot at Target. This was the only financial investment in this project. I took an empty butter container and asked Eleanor to make it pretty. Lately she has been loving designer duct tape, so she used a little to spice it up. (She picked the fast food tape because, “Lucy likes to eat, right?”) Let’s face it, this toy would not be nearly as cool with the Country Crock logo staring at you. Once it was beautified, I cut some small holes in the top, slightly smaller than the pom poms so that she has to work to get them in there.
And the result? She loves it. She played with this more in the last 24 hours than any of the fancy toys we have. Added bonus, it’s quiet.
Fine motor skills…here we come!