Have you checked out Connectagons from our collection?
Photo credit: http://www.hearthsong.com
They are such a fun and open ended toy for children of all ages. 4 and 5 year olds will enjoy building and creating. They offer sets that are themed, such as an under the sea collection or Connectagons that are in the shape of butterflies. However, my 14 month old found a way to use them too! I recycled a plastic peanut container for her to drop them into. If you want to try it at your house it’s quite simple.
1 – find an empty plastic container with a lid that is made of soft plastic that can be cut with a kitchen knife
2 – cut a slit in the top. I used the shape of a Connectagon to see how big I wanted it to be
3 – cut a piece out of the bottom of the container. Big enough for that piece to fall out or for your child’s hand to grab it
4 – cover any rougher cut edges with tape
5 – find a place to tape it to a wall, chair leg, or just leave it on the floor. I found my daughter was frustrated with it when it was on the floor, because it just fell over. I taped it to the end of our wall with a LONG piece of packaging tape.
6 – keep a small bowl or basket of your Connectagons nearby.
(You could also cut a circle for balls to be dropped into. If you have a couple of containers you could have one for a small ball and one for a bigger ball.)
This is near our kitchen where I often am desperately trying to find activities to occupy her while I’m making dinner!