Thursday 9 August 2012

Kids Co-op Link Up

Its time for Kids Co-op. Link up your favourite kid orientated posts and check out what everyone else is doing this week. Here is what I am linking up this week:

Cardboard Cranes
(Goblin is 33 months)
I decided that it was time to teach Goblin the number symbols. He can recite numbers up to 14, and he can count objects up to 5 or 6 (most of the time), but we haven't really done anything to help him match a number word with a number symbol. But I didn't want to go down the full on educational route so I I decided to make a game. 
A while ago I saw an awesome cardboard crane on At home with Ali. I decided to make one for Goblin so he could fish for magnetic numbers and sort them into numbered holes.  
To make the crane you need
  • A rectangular box
  • two cardboard tubes from wrapping paper 
  • lots of duct tape
  • string
  • a magnet
I cut a hole in the top of the box and slotted one tube in the hole. I cut a hole in the top of that tube and fed the other tube through - but the top broke off after sustained use so I just duct taped the second tube onto the first.
I cut off one of the long flaps on the box, bent it into a U and cut holes in either end. I chopped a length off the end of the second tube and slotted it through the holes. Then I duct taped the string to the 'winch'  tube and fed it through the top tube and tied the magnet on.
Goblin was not very interested in the number sorting - in fact he found a much better use for the sorting box! But he did love the crane. He played with it all morning and when he came down after his nap he played with it some more. I'm really glad I added the winch. I wasn't going to, but it turned out to be his favourite bit - pulling various things up by turning the tube.
And now to the linky

I'm sharing this with
For the Kids Friday One Artsy MamaPhotobucketSerenity youI Can Teach My Child


  1. My kids would love that play time set up!

  2. It looks so fun! That reminds me that we have an excavator toy I put away b/c it was too complicated. Now where did I put it?

  3. Wow! That is BRILLIANT! Aren't you guys clever?! :-)

  4. This is wonderful! I love it! I think I would have to have time to explore and try it on my own.

  5. I think that the crane is brilliant, Monko. My kid would love it too (and would refuse to do the learning activity too as well!)

  6. This is so cool. We've just made a fishing game with magnets and I think after a little more practice on that we might be ready to graduate to our own cardboard crane. Nice one!!!

  7. This is great. My little boy loves cranes I'm going to have to make one of these.

  8. My son would love that crane! What a great idea!

  9. Wow, your crane is AMAZING,. My son would love it!

  10. This crane is just so cool! I'm a little intimidated to try it, though. My toddler would love it.

  11. When I read cardboard crane I was thinking the bird for some reason. But, of course, a cardboard CRANE! (Maybe because I have a girl?) What a crafty piece of equipment :)

  12. Oh, I love it and my daughter would love it. She has been after me to get her a crane. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Just to let you know, I'll be featuring you this week! Thanks again for sharing!


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