It’s always rough taking an ambitious almost 2 year old to church. I have been trying to find ways that are not disruptive to keep him busy long enough that I can enjoy listening to at least SOME of the sermon. When he was just 11 months I saw my friend had taken a empty sour cream tub, punched holes in the top and was letting her son stick pom poms through it. He LOVED it and it kept him busy forEVER.
Honestly, I had no desire to wash out a sour cream tub, but I did have a nearly empty spice jar I had bought at Wal Mart for just $.50… so the next time I was at Dollar General I picked up a bag of pipe cleaners for just $1. Dollar Tree carries pipe cleaners, too. I simply cut them in thirds and voila. I had a quiet toy that fit in my purse and could go just about anywhere.
The secret to a good quiet toy is to make it special. He doesn’t ordinarily get to play with this at home. It’s in the car or in my purse and I pull it out when I need him distracted for a few minutes. I have had this now for almost a year and he still plays with it. Now that he is older he enjoys unscrewing the lid and taking the top off by himself. We also work on our colors-I say the color as he puts it in. When he was little it was just as entertaining and really helped him develop his fine motor skills.
The entire craft only cost $1.50-and I still have an entire bag of pipe cleaners left over. If you already had this stuff on hand it would be free And you can tell, it was a good investment!