Mommy diaries: Homemade toys beat boredom

Mommy diaries: Homemade toys beat boredom

Playing with formula milk tins or plastic cooldrink bottles is a new thing for my ten month old daughter. Yes, children get bored of toys from a very early age.

Over the past weekend she’s played with her parents shoes and some tupperware I gave her.
The one thing she never seems to get bored of is her daddy’s guitar. She is mesmerised by it and often tries to open the guitar case or hits at it, looking at her father.
Daddy has already taught her how to strum the strings and to shake the percussion. On Friday, I found him teaching her how to hit the formula tin like a drum.

Seriously, I am glad my child has him, because I would run out of ideas on how to play with her ๐Ÿ™‚
Having a partner when parenting has its benefits.
For example, it’s now a routine for Husband to dress Princess in the mornings. This includes changing her nappy. She has a routine of dirtying her nappy with a number 2 (poo), so I am glad I don’t have to do it. I would then hear Husband asking Princess: “Did you make a boo-boo?”

Another example is just watching how your partner interacts with your child. We are teaching Princess English as a first language, but some things are just so much better to say in Afrikaans.
I often hear Husband tell Princess: “Sies, kakka” whenever she wants to put something dirty like the cellphone in her mouth.
And my child likes putting everything she gets on the floor, in her mouth. I even recently got a note from her teacher that says Princess likes putting leaves, sticks and stones in her mouth.
Anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ What kind of homemade toys does your child enjoy best? Thank you for reading.


  1. She’s so adorable and tiny, inside that guitar case! My little one would crawl into the basket I keep the ironing in, when it was empty. And boxes were always fun too. They seem to love these kind of “toys”, but at least it gives us cute photo opportunities. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Awwwww that’s so cute – want to help mommy. Yes we must take images of everything. Thanks for reading.

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