Time for another Dollar Store Challenge!
If you live near a dollar store (or any place with a dollar spot, like Target or Michaels or Joanns), try this out. Give yourself a budget (um, $5 is plenty!) and see what learning activities can be created from your shopping spree.
Last time I was at the dollar store (I frequent The Dollar Tree most often), I picked up this divided tray in the serving ware section. This time, I picked up a pair of BBQ tongs. They are gigantic and fun and M loved transferring pompoms into the sections of the tray.
Have you ever seen these wooden games? They're a buck and they are great for fine motor development! This particular one has tees but I amp up the learning by adding in a bowl of marbles. M has to push the tee through the hole and then balance the marble on top of the tee. It's challenging, tricky work that requires a lot of concentration!
Pick one of these up next time you're out and toss it in your purse or diaper bag. I promise you this: Your tot will be amazed by his ability to open and close all the tiny doors! We add in a handful of tiny shells or buttons or snacks and M can sort, hide, and play while we wait for appointments or reservations.
You might not even need to go to a dollar store, because this one might be right in your kitchen! Go grab an empty salt shaker (I stuffed some tissue paper in the bottom of mine) and shove a couple pipe cleaners through the holes (or, have your tot do that!). Place a bowl of pony beads with it and see if your tot can carefully string the beads onto the pipe cleaners!
So there you have it! For $5 (including tax!), we created four new games that make learning fun!
Written by Jill