Hands on Counting Toy for different ages
Instead of spending money, why not make your own learning toys? Toddlers or preschoolers or even kindergartners will have fun playing and learning with this DIY one! It’s so easy to make and you can easily adapt it for different learning objectives. If you love this activity, you have to check out our TP Roll Stacking and Counting Snowman too!
Fun Stacking Toy for the Young Toddlers
Set this activity out with a paper towel holder. The young toddlers will enjoy creating their Christmas tree by inserting the TP rolls into the paper towel holder.
Hands on Counting Toy for the Preschoolers
The older toddlers and preschoolers will have fun learning to count from 1 to 6 with this toy. Invite them to stack the Christmas tree in sequence. Count along as they insert each TP roll.
More Challenging Variations for the Older Kids
- Simply cut more triangles if you want to practice counting larger numbers.
- Practice counting in multiples of 2s or 5s or 10s. For example, to count in 10s, write 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 on the triangles.
- Instead of writing the numbers, draw dots on the triangles. The child will count the dots and figure out the sequence.
- Stick a dot sticker on each triangle and challenge them to stack the Christmas tree according to some simple patterns like red, blue, red, blue (ABAB pattern) or yellow, yellow, orange, yellow, yellow, orange (AAB pattern).
What do you need to make this toy?
- 2 TP rolls
- Green, yellow and brown construction papers
- Basic stationery like a pair of scissors, glue and marker
Yes that’s all we need! Let’s make this learning toy.
How to make this toy?
- Cut each TP roll into 4 equal parts. You will have 8 small TP rolls, each 1″ tall
- Cut out 6 triangles (1″ height and 2″ base length)
- Write number 1 to 6 on each green triangle.
- Cut out a small yellow star
- Cut out a brown stand for the Christmas tree
- Stick the triangles, star and stand on the small TP rolls and this learning toy is done!