For the tod­dlers

Trea­sure hunts and box forts will ap­peal to tod­dlers’ nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity

Little Treasures - - PLAY IDEAS -

Rice trea­sure bin

There are many vari­ants to a Rice Trea­sure Bin. We opted for a sim­ple trea­sure hunt us­ing kitchen uten­sils, but you could switch it up by do­ing a di­nosaur dig, or find­ing match­ing pairs or colours.

YOU WILL NEED

A big plas­tic bin or bucket A few kgs of rice, we used around 5kg An as­sort­ment of items to hide, such as small toys Kitchen uten­sils like tongs, slot­ted spoons This ac­tiv­ity doesn’t take much to set up. Make sure your plas­tic bin is dry and then empty the rice into it. Hide your as­sort­ment of items in the rice. When ready to play, give your child the tongs or spoons and let them at it. You may want to give them an­other smaller bowl to put their trea­sures in once they find them. It is also a good idea to place some news­pa­per or plas­tic sheet­ing down to catch any rice that is spilt.

Col­lapsi­ble card­board house

A lit­tle cut­ting and some strate­gic tape can turn a ba­sic card­board box into a fun col­lapsi­ble lit­tle play house.

YOU WILL NEED

Two medium-sized card­board boxes Thick coloured tape Stan­ley knife or good scis­sors Be­gin with two open boxes, ly­ing on their sides fac­ing you. Cut off the whole top side (both the fold­ing flap and one end side) on both boxes. These pieces will make each side of the roof. On one of the boxes, strengthen the re­main­ing sides and flaps by tap­ing them on all fold­ing seams. Next, tape the two roof pieces to­gether and at­tach to the box, as above. To make the house col­lapsi­ble, cut down the cen­tre of the back wall, and the floor (where the tape is placed above in the back wall). Then add tape back over these cuts, mak­ing sure both seams fold out­wards.

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