Tape (or other method to attach the tube to a wall)
3-10 Items small enough to fit through the tube
Based on your child, you might choose:
Washable markers (if your child can’t open them)
Small socks rolled into balls
Caution: Items small enough to fit through a paper towel tube may be potential choking hazards. Use your discretion when choosing which items to use. If preferred, consider making a wider tube from cardboard or by combining two tubes. Then you can use larger items, such as plastic chain links, and still have just as much fun.
Using tape, or another method, secure the tube to an open section of wall
Place all the items in the container
Time to Play:
Invite your child over. Choose an item to drop through the tube. Be excited when it falls out the bottom.
Encourage your child to try dropping an item through the tube.
Materials to build a small tunnel, consider:
Mega Bloks or other connecting blocks
Small furniture with tall enough legs for toys to go under
1 year old appropriate small cars or balls
Build a tunnel that is big enough for your cars or balls to go through and is about as long as your child’s arm
Time to Play:
Show your child how to roll a car or ball under the tunnel. Encourage them to roll one under.
Consider sitting on the opposite side of the tunnel from your child so you can pass the cars and balls back under the tunnel to them.
Extend the play: If your child wants to crawl under the tunnel themselves, consider using a sturdy chair or bench as a 1 year old sized tunnel. Set it in an open area and encourage them to crawl under.