|Talk about cheap - all these craft things for $3 at Dollarama. Oh Baby!|
Container with lid that can be easily cut (Yogurt container, coffee can, puffs container!)
Lets make it!
Before I go through this I just want to point out that if your little one loves to put things in their mouth that this might not be a good idea. Don't say I didn't warn you - pom poms could be tempting to a toddler! Use your common sense.
Cover your can/bucket with whatever kind of paper suits your mood. I went with two stripey scrapbook pages because I felt like it. I'm not even sure you need to recover it - that is just for whimsy.
Next size up your pom poms. Go with making your hole slightly smaller than the biggest pom pom so they have to work for getting one into the hole and they won't fall back out of the can easily if shaken violently.
Lastly ... set it up infront of your toddler. Likely they are star mimickers like Jack and can totally get the hang of it once you demonstrate it a couple times. Jack needed encouragement for the bigger ones (so don't mind my mommy voice cheering him on) because he had to work harder to get them through the hole.
I love his little happy shimmy dance he does while waiting for the lid to come off the bucket. Life is good.
I think I would love to make another one that is smaller and could be a two person game for in the car or while we are out at appointments etc. Definitely give it a try - nice to steal a few quiet minutes of playtime a couple times a day :).