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Educational toys are a great alternative for children to develop skills such as dexterity, fine motor skills, learn colors, letters, etc. But it is not necessary to leave the salary of the month in expensive toys that will end up in a forgotten drawer as soon as the child goes up to the next learning step.
With a little time and imagination you can make them yourself without spending money, and also taking care of the environment.
We teach you how to make the most essential educational games by recycling materials that we all have at home.
1- Learn the letters with plugs
Create your own alphabet with plastic caps for your child to learn letters in a fun way.
You just have to save the plastic caps of the bottles, and buy some sheets with letter stickers, but if you don't have them, don't worry, because you can draw them on a cardboard and paste them, or paint them with an indelible marker (that does not erase).
The game consists of placing all the letters on the table and asking the child to find a certain letter, for example “E”, until he learns all the letters. We can do it first with the letters capital letters and then with lower case.
Later, when you start writing, you can form words, and even sentences
A variant of this game is to create the alphabet on the plugs but cutting out the rubber letters eva. So we can use them like stamps by dipping them in ink to write on a sheet, like a home press.
Important: you must do the upside down letters so that when printed on paper they come out of the right!
2- Memory game or to find pairs with soda caps
A classic of children's games. It is about finding the pair of an image among several images that we place face down. We will raise the images two by two, if they form a couple we remove them from the group and count a point, otherwise, they are turned face down again and we go to the next turn.
It is about exercising our memory to remember where the pair of chips that we are uncovering was.
Normally this game is done with cards, or with chips, but we are going to do it with bottle caps.
For a few days we will have to go begging for the caps of the soft drinks in the bars, two by two. The more we have, the more complicated the game will be. In addition to the fact that we will have the child the sea of entertaining collecting different badges, we can play knowing that we will always have spare chips.
3- Puzzles with cardboard boxes
Almost all children love puzzles, they are also a good game to encourage visual memory of children, and concentration. The truth is that when the child has done the puzzle three times, he already knows it by heart and is no longer interested. So we are going to create our own free puzzles, so we can modernize them whenever we want.
We will take the cardboard boxes of cookies or whatever we find at home. It must be at least the size of a drawing sheet.
We will choose any drawing, it can be the coloring sheets of the children, a drawing that the child has made, or one that we have printed, and we will stick it on a part of the cardboard. Next we will paint in pencil, on the back of the cardboard, as many lines as we want the puzzle to have. The more stripes we make, the smaller the pieces will be; then we will cut with a cutter (with scissors there is not such a clean cut) along the lines.
If we want to provide the child with the puzzle, we only have to list the pieces, before cutting them, in the order of their position.
One idea is to do it with geography maps, so that older children can learn the world while having fun.
4- Learn colors and geometric shapes
When the child is around two years old, he can begin to learn colors and geometric shapes. To do this, we will paint on a piece of cardboard the outline of several geometric shapes, two by two, but with different colors.
Next, in another cardboard, we will cut out those same geometric shapes, painted with the same colors that they have in the master carton.
It is about the child placing the different shapes on top to see if they fit, but also with the correct colors.
5- Shadow theater
The puppet theater is one of the most successful shows among children. Puppets can be made with almost anything: socks, with mops, or with saucepans, but we are going to make them with cardboard, and they will be part of our cast of actors in a shadow theater.
We can create our own characters, or do the characters in the stories. I have done the stories The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, which are the ones my daughters like the most.
It is simply a matter of drawing, on cardboard or cardboard, the silhouette of the characters, cutting them out and sticking them with an ice cream stick or a straw on the back.
Next, we bring them to a smooth colored wall, turn off the light, and ask the child to shine a flashlight behind us. The shadow of our characters will be drawn on the wall and we can tell the story by having them participate in it.
In this way we will be teaching the child that it is much more fun create our own toys to buy them.
That almost anything we have at home can be turned into a form of play: a broom on a horse, a large box on a rocket that takes us to the moon, or a sheet in an Indian chief's tent.
And that no need to spend money to be happy and educate our children. It only takes time and a desire to learn.
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