On Pinterest, I saw an idea to have your toddlers balance marbles on golf tees, secured in foam.
Cheap and easy--especially if you golf (or know someone who does), have received a flower arrangement secured in that green foam stuff, and have a few marbles laying around.
I decided to take this idea a few steps further (and to make it a bit safer for my girls, who would love to
Instead of marbles, I used wooden balls, you can find at any craft store. They're larger than marbles, which made me feel better about them. I painted them.
I painted the golf tees too. This way it works on hand/eye coordinations AND color matching.
I secured the tees (with a little glue) in a foam retangle (4"x 3").
Our girls get SO excited when they balance those balls on the golf tees!
A few minor flaws I've noticed about my design:
- It needs to be secured on something heavier like a block of wood, or even a heavy piece of cardboard--it's too tippy the way it is.
- The tees need to be positioned further apart. The girls get a few balls balanced, and then knock them off attempting to get the others balanced; it's frustrating for them. Maybe just put them in a row--at least a couple inches apart, or just a couple inches in all directions.
I hope your kids enjoy this as much as mine do! It's really benefitted their color matching and hand/eye coordination abilities, and it's a great quiet activity for toddlers!