I saw a cool idea on Pinterest (have you checked pinterest out yet? very cool! If you do, follow my boards!) that had large paper clips with a scrap of ribbon or fabric attached to the top for bookmarks. I immediately thought Hey! I can make a toy with that idea!
And this is what I came up with.
Now for the sort-of tutorial.
I divided a piece of 8.5×11 cardstock into 6 pieces and cut them out. Using pinking shears, I cut pieces of different patterned fabric slightly larger than each piece of card. Then I glue the fabric onto the card, gift-wrapping style. While the glue dried, I tried to figure out how I would keep my daughter from just ripping the fabric off. So I then sewed around the edges of the card to keep the fabric on..just in case small 2-year-old hands got the wrong idea of the game. I also sewed a loop of ribbon onto the corner of each piece.
I cut small rectangles of the fabrics I’d used to cover the card with pinking shears (to avoid fraying) and sewed them onto large coloured paper clips.
I made a small pouch out of felt, with velcro closure and a small ribbon loop at one corner.
I used a metal ring to attach all the pieces, and voila! A keep-
quiet busy toy!
The game? Match the paper clips to the right rectangles. Maybe too simple for my 3.5 year old, but it can help his fine motor skills, and it’s the perfect level (just a bit difficult) for my 2 year old.