I first saw this idea on Chasing Cheerios and thought it would be perfect to try with Little Brother (1 year). He had a harder time than I originally anticipated he would with this activity, but it was great to see him trying to problem solve!
Months later, it is now one of our most beloved “toys” and Little Brother has definitely mastered it!
This simple activity provides great practice with fine motor control and spatial awareness. I had some felt out for a birthday banner I was making (details to come) and thought it would be fun to embellish it with some colorful dots! :)
Here’s what you’ll need: doll pins (found with the clothespins at any craft store or just use regular clothespins) anda clean, empty 2-liter bottle. If you want to add the felt dots for embellishment, you’ll need some felt, scissors, and a hot-glue gun.
1. Cut a large square opening towards the bottom of the two-liter bottle.
2. Tear 4 pieces of paper towel to “pad” the sharp corners on each side.
3. Cover with duct tape–the leopard print variety is especially exciting. :)
4. Give your little one the doll pins and let them get started trying to put them in the top. I had to tilt the bottle at about a 45-degree angle to make it easier for little brother to put the doll pins in the hole.
The square opening at the bottom lets them take the doll pins out and do it all over again!
That’s it! This little activity is sure to beat any toy you can buy! :)
*Just a word of caution…make sure you are supervising this activity. Babies and young toddlers still love to put things in their mouth. The doll pins are longer, but still very slim. Try to make sure your child doesn’t put them in his/her mouth (or just stick a paci in his/her mouth like I did so there is no temptation). :)