I love hands on activities with my toddler - creating something together that I can help her with and then put up for others to see and use. We created this simple wind chime for the garden that can be outside during the summer months and produces a lovely fairy sound. These are perfect for some fine motor skills development and will look gorgeous all summer long. Made out of recycled materials it's fun to make together and an ideal craft project for either toddlers or preschoolers.
Materials to make a Simple Wind Chime out of a Plastic Cup
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How to make a Wind Chime for Kids
Start off with the plastic cup - using a plastic cup means that you can keep the cup outside all summer with one of the glossed paper cups they tend to start to disintegrate especially with the UK rain. Using the play dough place 4 or 5 holes around the mouth of the cup by putting the cup on top of the play dough and piercing with the blade of a pair of scissors.
Pass the thread through the holes and make a double knot to put it secure.
Now is the fun part - with the beads help and support your toddler to thread them onto the strings from the top to 3 quarters of the way down the thread. At times I held the bead and T threaded it through other times T held the bead and I helped her thread it through - this is great fine motor skill development for toddlers.
Once the beads were on the string (I did lose knots at the end of each thread whilst we finished threading all the beads needed onto the strings) we then chose some colourful jingle bells to add to the bottom of the threads.
Depending on your style of bells your toddler maybe able to thread them on or you maybe needed - mine were fairly small and I needed a pair of pliers to open up the hole to thread through before I could get the string to go through. Once threaded through tie a double knot at the end and make sure that it is secure.
Put the wind chime out in the garden or on the porch where it will catch the breeze and produce a little fairy bell sound throughout the spring and summer.
More Resources for Crafts and Activities with Toddlers
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I found the toddler years fun but a struggle - I ended up filling our days with activities that I thought up and then those that I spent hours on an evening searching for on Pinterest. Then Jamie from Hands-on as we Grow started to share her amazing Activity Plans. I jumped on board and discovered how easy they were to use.
In each of the Activity Plans, there are 5 weeks of PLANNED activities with step by step instructions that are so easy to follow. Whether you are a stay at home parent, a carer for a toddler or run a daycare there are ideas that you will want to do time and time again. Also included in the plans are extra activities - so that if you do manage to get bored (we never did) you will be able to dive in and try some of the other ideas out that Jamie has sourced for you that will keep those toddlers engaged and happy.