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  • This Mom's Simple Hack Will Make Your Kids Love Their Old Toys Again During Quarantine

    The best part is you don't have to buy anything to build it!
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This Mom's Simple Hack Will Make Your Kids Love Their Old Toys Again During Quarantine
PHOTO BY courtesy of Christalyn Esquivel
  • It has been a month since the enhanced community quarantine was put into effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While everyone is doing their part to flatten the curve, we’re pretty sure some parents have exhausted all the ways they can entertain their kids. Luckily, the quarantine has also proven how creative parents can get — just like mom Christalyn Esquivel, 28, who managed to get her toddler to play with his old toys again with a simple hack!

    On our Facebook community, Smart Parenting Village, the stay-at-home mom shared her easy DIY project: an activity table for her son, Levin Cedric, who is 1 year and 10 months old. In a quick chat over Facebook messenger, Christalyn tells SmartParenting.com.ph that she gathered all the toys Levin barely plays with and attached them using glue sticks and double-sided tape to a spare foldable table for kids.

    “Sinimulan kong gawin last April 1 and siguro mga three to four hours kong ginawa kasi ‘yung pagpwesto nung toys niya paiba-iba ‘yung naiisip ko,” Christalyn shares. “Ang ginamit kong mga toys ‘yung mga hindi niya masyadong nagagamit.”

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    This DIY activity table makes use of old toys like teethers, rattles, xylophone and board books. Simply attach these onto the table and you're done. You can also use household materials!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Christalyn Esquivel

    Some of the toys she included are baby toys like teethers, rattles, and a xylophone, board books, a magnetic drawing board, and an old telephone. She also got old gears from a broken toy, puzzles, and a McDonald’s kiddie meal mouse trap toy.

    Apart from tinkering with his old toys, the mom says Levin loves using the telephone for pretend play. The activity table also helps boost his fine motor skills since he can grasp the various toys and the pen on the magnetic board to start scribbling. It’s also great for cognitive development since he’s motivated to figure out how to play with the toys on table!

    If your kids have old toys in the storage that they don’t play with anymore, this easy hack lets them see their forgotten toys in a new light. You can also include random household materials and create your own busy board or activity table — you can use locks, switches, handles, and dials that kids can tinker with. It’s perfect for toddlers with curious, little hands! (Read how another mom created her own busy board here and here.)

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    This inexpensive toy is actually good for baby's physical and brain development. It develops his fine motor and cognitive skills!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Christalyn Esquivel
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    Christalyn, who is currently pregnant with her second child, says that the activity table has helped a lot in keeping her son entertained while the family is stuck at home. The best part — she didn’t even have to spend money to make it!

    “I’m happy kasi worth it ang pagod. Nagustuhan niya at napa-wow pa paglabas niya ng room nung unang kita niya,” Christalyn shares.

    Our Smart Parenting readers are so creative when it comes to DIY projects! Get inspired with their ideas here, here, and here. Got your own DIY project to share? Email us your story and photos at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com. We’d love to feature you!

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