Today's fine motor Friday's post is a simple tutorial to make DIY Preschool Manipulatives. If you come by here often you know we love DIY toys– especially toys made from recyclables! My new mantra is Save the Planet: Make a Toy!
When LalyDad and I order out we tend to pick our favorites over and over. What can I say, we know what we like! This has resulted in a collection of round #6 plastic lids. I don't know about your city but #6 plastic is actually the one common plastic that is NOT recyclable in Chicago. I don't know why, but I DO know that #6 plastic can be used in place of shrink dinks so we reuse it instead of recycle!
If this is new to you, or you'd like to know more, check out my post on Tips, Tricks and Ideas About Shrinky Dinks.
When I first learned about using #6 plastic to make shrink dinks, I looked at the shape pressed into these round lids and knew I wanted to try this. Finally got around to it this morning.
All you need to do is trim off the side edge of the lid, leaving you with a 5 inch plastic disc. Next cut the slots. I made mine pretty big thinking they would shrink a lot. I cut mine to about 3/8 inch wide. However once they shrunk the slots were a bit wide. Next time I would try cutting just a shade outside of the existing lines.
I followed my normal shrink dinks baking procedure at 350 and they were done in less than 10 minutes.
The resulting building discs ended up oval shaped, funny enough! They still interlock and can even be used with Interlox and probably Notch ‘Ems as well but because the slots are a bit wide, if you pick them up they don not stay connected. Bummer! But I can tell you one thing, I will be baking off any round take-out container lids that come our way!
Other Ways to Make Preschool Manipulatives
Even if you don't have any plastic takeout lids sitting around, you can still make slotted building sets. In fact a quick search on Pinterest turned up several awesome versions! Go directly to the tutorial for each one by clicking the title, or pin it for later!
Fine Motor Fridays
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