Saturday, April 21, 2012

DIY: Educational Clay Pot Toy For A Toddler/Preschooler #GlueNGlitter #CBias

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Now that warm weather has arrived Little Bit and I have moved to the great outdoors. It is fun to explore all the things outside and it certainly provides lots of learning opportunities. Little Bit has a play yard that I want to turn into a mini one person preschool. To accomplish that I have been thinking of elements to add to the yard to help him learn shapes, colors, music, art, etc.

Today I made him a clay pot musical toy. Here is the finished product:


This toy is terrific because it has so many different uses. You can make music with it by tapping the pots. You can even try different things to tap the pot with to see the different sounds they will produce. I used a pack of Elmer's Painters to draw a shape on each of the pots. I used one color per pot and one shape. In the picture above Little Bit was pointing to the oval shape and calling it an egg. Hey, it's a start!  Now I can use this toy to teach music, colors, shapes, and counting. Want to make one for your Little Bit? Here's how!

First, you need some materials. I highly recommend Elmer's Painters for decorating your pots. These are the easiest product I have found for drawing and coloring on clay pots.


I also picked up some wooden sticks, clay pots, spray paint, binder rings, and clothes line string. If you would like to take a look at my shopping trip and my crafting disaster take a look at my 


Once you have your materials you will need to decorate your clay pots with your Elmer's Painters.


Then, you put the large binder ring on the clothes line string. Feed the string through the hole in the bottom of the pot. Then attach the small binder ring to the string. Tie off the string so it forms a loop. Feed the knot through the hole of the pot so you wont be able to see it. 


Lastly, string the pots onto a rod. I spray painted my rod red because this will be a permanent addition to the play yard. I put the rod in the corner of the fence. Easy peasy!


Such a simple craft that has so many educational uses! Happy learning. 

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14 comments:

  1. I need more stuff like this in the backyard!! The painters are waterproof?? That is excellent!

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  2. Well how nifty is that!! You are so clever. I need to buy some clay pots so I can do my window garden.

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  3. What a fantastic idea! I only wish we could get outside.We were snowing yet again yesterday! One of these days spring will come!

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  4. It's awesome when a project can be used to teach so many different things! Looks like he's having a lot of fun with it already!

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  5. So cute! How I wish we have a backyard too so we can do activities like this. Lucky all of you who have one :)

    Spanish Pinay

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  6. That looks like so much fun. I love the educational and fun all rolled into one projects like this one. Looks like Little Bit is having fun.

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  7. oOooh...my boys have been really into windchimes lately and would probably love this! They would also have a ball with those painters. Glad you had so much fun :)

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  8. I love this idea! My kids have have decorated terra cotta planters as gifts in the past, but I had never thought to use them as a learning tool or toy! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. How fun!! What a simply fun craft to do with the kids!

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  10. That was smart! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you all had fun.

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  11. What a fun and clever !! idea, love it thanks x

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  12. You have such fun ideas. Musical pots on the fence sound so exciting for kids!

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  13. What a fun idea ... my little ones would love that!

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