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Push Toys
Type: Projects   Skills: Critical ThinkingPhysical & Motor SkillsPlay & Creativity
In this activity, you’ll learn how to create your own push toys which are great complements to the push toys your growing toddler may already have. Push Toys
What We Learn
Physical development
Supply List
Cardboard boxes
Masking tape
Construction paper
Empty water bottles
You can cut and design boxes into a variety of push toys, such as buses or fire trucks. In this activity, we’re going to transform the box into a shopping cart.

First, find a couple of sturdy, corrugated cardboard boxes.

Next, cut the box into the shape of a shopping cart by cutting off the top of the box. Use the excess cardboard and tape it to the side of the box to create a handlebar for the shopping cart. You may want to use multiple pieces of cardboard and masking tape to make sure the handle withstands lots of wear and tear. Also be sure to use plenty of masking tape to cover any sharp edges.

As an added option, you can even create that little basket near the front of the shopping basket to store little items. Again, use excess cardboard and masking tape to create that basket area.

Another option would be to add “wheels” to your cart. You can do that by simply taping empty plastic water bottles to the bottom of the cardboard box. Tape a bottle at the front end and back end of the bottom of the box “shopping cart.” The plastic bottles may make pushing the carts easier for kids, especially on carpets.

Finally, decorate the box using construction paper or masking tape. A few criss-cross patterns with masking tape will add to the illusion of a shopping cart.

When you’ve finished creating your “shopping cart” push toy, introduce your toddler to it. Allow the toddler to explore the box at their own pace. Pushing the cart will come when the child is ready.

For toddlers closer to 24 months, you can make available dramatic play props, such as empty juice bottles, milk cartons or cereal boxes. Children can pretend they are grocery shopping by picking out items to place into their shopping carts.

This activity can be done with children of all abilities with the adult making the decision on how to facilitate the involvement of the child. Remember that toddlers need to be supervised during their play as they are still trying to find their balance.
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