Bean Construction Box

Here is a lovely rainy day activity guaranteed to keep your toddlers engaged! A bean and chick pea construction play box.
The special feature of this box are the tipping hoppers made from pop bottle top halves. They are strung across the box with the string or elastic entering the bottles low down giving them instability when full, causing them to tip over and empty. The inspiration for this came from a water park on holiday! Here is a video clip of them working. Cut kitchen towel tubes made great shoots, taped to the side of the box.

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We added a paper plate helter skelter!

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Tip Tap Dry Sand Play

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Our Tip Tap Water Wall works very well with dry sand!! The closed end containers with small holes in means the sand trickles out slowly!

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Tip tap Water Wall

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There are lots of Water Wall ideas to be found knocking about on the web, and this is my unique version. Inspired by African Tip Taps! It has pipes but it is different because my items are hanging from bars (yet another use for my towel rail) rather than attached to a wall. This means items can be filled and then tipped!

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I’ve added a plastic pint glass and a bucket with pull strings. Also rather than open ended pipes I’ve put in U-bend pipes and closed bottom containers with a few holes in to allow the water to empty in slow little fountains.

The Tip Tap is the milk container. It has a large hole in the back for filling, a pierced lid and a cord, so when pulled it empties as a little shower.

Please let us know about your ideas!

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Easy Catapults! Toddler STEM Activity

Early engineering!

Here are the catapults I made for my Pivots and Levers session!

The plastic milk scoop ones easily out performed the clothes peg design I found in various places on the web! Even my one year old’s fingers were strong enough to work it, much to her delight! Pom Poms made the best missiles!

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Catapult painting- STEM + Art

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Bit messy but lots of fun! Pop sticks and cut drinking straws! So simple to experiment with different pivot positions. Bottle tops dipped in paint get flung into the air. Haven’t seen this anywhere yet! Brill little Early Years/ toddler STEM Activity.