Hesperian Health Guides
Appendix B: Toys You Can Make
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Toys that help develop use of hands and sense of touch
You can make beads and chains out of wild fruits and nuts.
|For a baby, hang a ring of beads where she can reach and handle it.||A child can play putting the nuts and pods in and out of a container.||As the child develops more hand control, she can begin to make chains and necklaces by stringing beads on a cord.|
Later he can
learn to sort them.
|‘Snakes’ can be made by stringing nuts, 'caps' of acorns, bottle caps, or any combination of things.||
small green mango (or whatever you can think of)
beans for ‘rattle’ of rattlesnake
Rattles and other noise toys
|Find a small gourd (wild gourds or tree gourds may work).||Cut a round hole at the stem and clean out the seeds and flesh. Let it dry out well.||Put 2 or 3 small rocks, nuts or other objects inside.||Find a stick the size of the hole. If the hole is large, thin down this part of the stick.||Glue the stick to the gourd.||To make it stronger and better looking, mix white glue and sawdust, fill in here, and after the glue dries, sand it smooth.|
|Plastic bottle rattle||Bamboo rattle||Tin can rattle|
a see-through plastic bottle
stick of wood
strips cut from plastic bottles of different colors, colorful stones, nuts, etc.
ring cut from a plastic bottle, bamboo or whatever you have
ring can be wrapped with strips of cloth or tire tubing for easier grip
cork or plug
|Trim rough edges.||Put in a cardboard or wood plug.||
|Then seal with a mix of sawdust and white glue, or plaster of Paris.|
Smooth the surface and let it dry.
Ideas for homemade music
seeds in them
|2 wood sticks||tambourine||jingle bells||jingle bells|
loose hardwood plates
|Use a small can or bottle with a small stone inside...||...or use 2 small bells.||Cut a colorful soft cloth (flannel) into this shape.||Sew it into a square and turn inside out.||Place can or bells in cloth square and pack wild kapok, cotton or bits of sponge around it. Sew it shut.|
|Draw a doll on 2 pieces of cloth, and cut them out.||
Leave a small opening.
Sew the 2 dolls together.
|Turn the doll inside out.
||Put small bells or a rattle inside and stuff with kapok, cotton or sponge and sew shut.||Sew or draw on a face.
|Animal rattles||Ball rattle|
|can be made in
the same way.
|Cut 3 pieces of
|...and 3 pieces
|Sew them together|
except for a small hole.
Turn inside out and stuff.
|Push-along noise toy||Bamboo push-along|
Make hole in lid and bottom of tin.
Put bottle tops, small stones, etc. inside.
Put loop of stiff wire through holes with knot inside tin.
Games fitting pegs or blocks into holes
These games help develop better hand control and 'hand-eye coordination.' They also help the child learn to compare sizes, shapes, and color.
|Blocks for building a tower on pegs||Shapes on pegs|
Make it more fun by putting a face on the top block.
Blocks can be cut from a thin log.
Paint them bright colors.
|With these, children learn about matching colors, shapes, and sizes.|
|Gourd Racing Car||Building blocks|
beans as decoration
made of wood, clay, or layers of cardboard.