I made a toy and I liked it (well, I say ‘made’ – does threading buttons on to string count?)

I need to declare something: I’m not a fan of garish plastic toys that are a.) gender specific, and b.) garishly plastic and tacky-looking.

Ada has lots of toys (her current favourite being a wooden spoon and some simple stacking cups from IKEA). Recently, she’s been showing more interest in fiddly things like zips, shoelaces, and tags on clothes – typical scenario of “we bought her a toy and all she wanted to play with was the packaging!”

As a result of Ada’s new-found love of fiddly things, I found myself in a haberdashery, which is most out of character for me. There, I picked up half a metre of thick, red string and some multi-coloured giant buttons (the Giant Buttons in my usual repertoire are made by Cadbury), and handed £2.50 over to the nice man at the till.

At home, I spent two whole minutes threading the buttons on to the string and exercising my own fine-motor control. A knot at either end later and, ta-da! Ada had an exciting new toy to play with… okay, fine – to chew on.

Easy, cheap and a hit with the baby.

Homemade toy

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