What toddler doesn’t love to carry things around and put stuff in containers? I can’t name one. This super easy activity is perfect for little ones who are working on their hand-eye coordination, colors, and fine-motor skills.
They will absolutely love taking the tubes off the wall and sticking them back on. Velcro is such a great (and sturdy) alternative to tape or glue!
What You’ll Need:
- 6 Cardboard Tubes or Boxes (think spaghetti noodle/jello box)
- Tissue Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Self Adhesive Velcro
- Catch Container (I used large yogurt containers but you could use one large container to catch the objects as well!)
- I hot-glued tissue paper to each of my tubes. The first layer is fairly transparent so I found that they looked better after I wrapped the tubes twice. Don’t worry if the tissue paper is a little wrinkly, it looks better that way! I tucked in the ends and glued them flat as well.
- I cut a small square of velcro and glued one side to the tube (I found that hot gluing the velcro to the tube worked best in keeping it attached, the self adhesive didn’t hold up as well).
- After it dried, I stuck the other piece of velcro (and the tube) to a low spot on the wall.
- I initially covered my catch containers in paper but found it really tricky to make it lay flat and look nice because of the container’s curves. After crimping and tearing the paper, I was satisfied but it took so much time that I looked for other options. Felt, spray paint, or tissue paper works best for catch containers that aren’t square or perfectly rounded (like a tin can).
Place your catch containers under the matching color tube and give your kiddo objects to drop. SO EASY!
Extra Tip: I challenged my toddler to put red objects through the red tube, orange through the orange tube, etc. We used anything we could find around the house that fit: pom-poms, chip clips, magnetic letters, milk caps, hair ties, etc.
How have you made this project your own? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear about it!