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I’ve been wanting to create something from my empty milk cartons for a while and I have a good few plans for them. For the first one, I managed to create an activity for both J (3 years and 2 months) and G (nearly 6 months).  Before doing anything, I thoroughly washed the carton inside and out to make it safe to play with.

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All I needed was a clean, empty milk carton, scissors and wool.

Milk Carton Games

Game 1 (For 2 years and over) Catch the Spider:

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Step 1: Cut the milk carton in half. For this game you need the end with the handle and spout.

Step 2: Wrap a fair amount of wool around your hand.

Step 3: Carefully remove the wool from your hand and tie a long piece of wool around the middle of the wool.

Step 4: Cut the two ends of the wool to form a pompom.

Step 5: With the leftover long piece of wool, tie it around the spout of the milk carton and then screw on the lid to make it more secure.

The aim of the game is to swing the pompom, AKA the spider, and catch it in the milk carton.

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This game is fab for hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills and learning to catch.  J has also loved playing with it outside and so has Daddy too!

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This photo is all blurry because of how quickly J was moving but it exemplifies the fun he had!

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Game 2 (For Baby and Toddler) Explore Colour and Texture

For this activity, you will need the bottom half of the milk carton and a collection of household materials/toys/fabrics sorted into colours.

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G loved exploring the different colours and textures and was surrounded by ‘stuff’ as she played.

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She also enjoyed squishing the milk carton.

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Such a simple way for baby and toddler to explore and discover colours, one at a time.  It’s never too early to begin looking at things like colour, it is all this early play and discovery that will mean G will eventually sort, match and recognise colours herself.

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