Lest you think baby Elli is the only one benefiting from mama’s
cheapness DIY skills, I present Lilly’s latest homemade toy: a dowel mounted on a wood block.
Thrilling, no? Lilly seems to think so, which is good because putting beads on this dowel is a good way to use her fine motor skills. And now that she’s mastered the dowel-in-a-block, we sometimes string beads on pipecleaners, too. She hasn’t quite mastered that one, yet.
(Other activities for hand strength and fine motor skills that we’ve been working on: cutting with a scissors, and using a pipette or syringe to pour vinegar into baking soda. I’m really enjoying the amount of concentration all of these activities require!)
And an in-depth tutorial, in case you want to make it yourself: sand down a wood block, drill a hole in it, insert a drop of glue & a dowel. Tada!
You’ll also notice that we’ve entered the era of dressing-up. “I want to wear my dress!” she says. Sure, Lil!