All neatly packed on shelves and easy to access
Scroll down the page and you will see that most of my favourite toys come from the recycling box, and the others can usually be found in various cubboards in the home.
I keep a supply of the recycling items to give to parents so that they are immediately available.
Tools and materials for adapting the recycling items
I keep a few tools handy for cutting and changing the recycling items for different purposes
A cutting knife and cutting mat
Cold glue, packaging tape, coloured duct tape.
Packing and unpacking, fitting lids, building towers
Egg boxes and trays
Plastic bottles of different sizes
A collection of cardboard boxes
Some larger sturdy boxes
These can be used for building larger structures or storing toys
A set of colored tumblers
A set of pegs
Cloths, scarves, cloth bags
Metal jar lids
Magnetic wand, rods and balls
A selection of smaller balls
Make sure that the smallest balls are too big to be out into the child's mouth.
These can be used for throwing and catching games, packing and unpacking and posting.
Balls for catching, throwing and kicking
I like to have several soccer sized balls. This is a good size for throwing, catching, rolling and kicking games.
Have a few plastic balls and at least on soccer ball.
I also keep a ball pump at hand to keep the balls pumped up hard.
A collection of beanbags
I have a collection of beanbags of different sizes, weights, colours and textures.
Beanbags can be used for packing and unpacking, stacking, throwing and catching games
Beanbags are easy to make using old socks.
A selection of dolls of different sizes
A large baby doll with some baby clothes is often a real winner with toddlers.
A box of small interesting toys and objects
Toddlers love unpacking a box of small toys. Rattles, squeaky toys, small animals will keep the child engaged and in one place. This is useful if you want to mobilise and hand or foot.
Larger cardboard boxes
Larger cardboard boxes can be used in many different ways. Flatten them for storage and keep a roll of packaging tape handy for opening them up again.
If you have space to store them, the large flat boxes that are used for fruit can come in handy.