Turn a wrapping paper tube into a cardboard drop zone fine motor activity for toddlers!
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What do you get when you combine a sturdy cardboard tube and a roll of funk-a-delic Duck Tape? A Cardboard Drop Zone!
Ok before we get started, I have to say that I am in LOVE with Duck Tape. My younger son got some in his stocking at Christmastime, and well, ummmm, he hasn’t exactly had the chance to use it, because I’ve kind of claimed it as my own.
How fun is this stuff? Michael’s Crafts has every colour and pattern imaginable, but Amazon.com also carries them, and you can order yours right here, from my site, by clicking on any of the rolls of tape that you see here. This is just a small sampling of what you’ll find over at Amazon!. Aren’t they awesome?
Ok, back to the drop zone:
All you’re going to do is cover your cardboard tube with a few length-wise strips of your Duck Tape. It took 3 strips of tape and about 5 minutes of my time to make this:
Isn’t that snazzy?
I took a couple more pieces of tape, and attached the tube to the side of our art cupboard.
Then I set out a small selection of goodies for the hooligans to drop through the tube and into the basket below.
We use wine corks, coloured craft-sticks and a few building blocks.
Have a look around your toy-room, and you’ll probably come up with plenty more ideas: small plastic animals, pom poms, markers. As long as they’ll fit in to the tube, they’ll work.
This was a simple activity to set up, and the 3 year olds enjoyed it as much as the 1 year olds. I think it would be fun to try this outside, in the Spring, when we can attach several tubes to our chain link fence, but this little drop-zone will keep us happy for the few weeks that we have left of winter.
If you’re looking for a few more simple ways to put cardboard to good use with your hooligans, check out our Easy Indoor Cardboard Hopscotch, our nifty DIY Cardboard Construction Set, and our simple Cardboard Structures!