An ‘invitation to play’ activity from Naomi Claxton. This activity turns the stairgate into a toy and works on hand-eye coordination.
You will need:
- A Stairgate
- A selection of cardboard tubes – kitchen roll inners, toilet rolls, wrapping paper rolls are ideal
- Sellotape/masking tape
- Small craft pom-poms (I buy mine from Poundland or Wilkinson’s. Keep an eye on your little one in case they try and eat them! Mine only chewed one once.)
- Plastic bowls or tubs – one for each tube
What to do:
- Cut the tubes to different lengths. If you want to, you can cut windows into some of the tubes.
- Tape them along the stair gate.
- Set up a bowl under each tube.
How to play:
- Give your little one a bowl of pom-poms and show them how to drop them in the top of the tube.
- You could vary this by offering a variety of sizes of pom-poms.
- You could paint or cover each tube in coloured paper, then ask your toddler to drop the pom-pom in the red tube or blue tube for example.
- You can also set this up on the side of a kitchen cabinet if you want to keep your little one entertained while you get on with dinner. If you are doing this you can also tape them on at an angle for variety.
- For older children you could give them a small pair of tongs/tweezers to pick up the pom-poms with.