We do a lot of DIY projects around the house. Which means my toddler is thoroughly familiar with hammers and nails and screwdrivers and compound miter saws and, well, you get the picture. So, it's no wonder that he wants to do some hammering of his own. Not wanting to add another off-the-shelf toy to the household, I decided to make him a hammering toy with an oatmeal box (a remarkable DIY material in and of itself, actually). It took about two seconds to make. Here's how:
Cut an "X" in the lid.
There. That's it. Size it so that any peg-shaped blocks you have will snugly fit through. Then leave the rest to your little one!
(Images: Regina Yunghans)