1. Color sort with clothes pins:
Take a the cardboard from a frozen pizza. Brush off crumbs. Draw lines to create a "pie." Color in like the color wheel. I used crayon. Then, I printed out the colors using my label maker. I laminated one side with clear contact paper. I took eight clothes pins and colored them with the same colors. The toddler will "sort" by clipping the clothespins to the corresponding color.
I traced another pizza cardboard on a piece of chalkboard paper. (You can use any type of paper.) I then punched holes in the cardboard using a regular hole puncher. I then took paper reinforcements and colored them the same colors as my pipe cleaners. The toddler will again push the correct color then the hole.
At our local World of Value outlet, I found chipboard 9 X 9" scrapbooks with o-rings for $1.99. (Now I am kicking myself for not getting more!) All I had to do was use a glue stick to adhere the pre-cut paper to the hole-punched chipboard. Then, you use an metal "book ring" through the pre-punched holes. Anyway, I wanted to make Jackson more books with pictures of him, the family, and animals. (Next time, I will do trucks.) For his first year, my sister took a monthly picture of him wearing his age. So we have "Just Born" to "11 Months." These are really great to see the progression of our boy from an infant to a runner. I already made a great set of magnets that he loves to play with on the refrigerator. So I printed these out, laminated them, and then used Velcro to attach them to the book. I also used stickers to put the age in the corner of the page so Jackson can "match up" his age with the number. Let's face it, Velcro is a lot of fun to rip off.
I used my Pet Shop Cricut cartridge to cut some fish images. I glued the fish to cereal box chipboard and cut out with scissor. Then, I punched holes all around the fish. I laminated them with contact paper and re-punched the holes. On one, I used the paper reinforcements but I don't think they are really needed. I tied a scrap piece of yarn around one end. I don't know if a toddler could do them but I figured he can at least unstring it. I didn't make the yarn too long for safety reasons.
I also tried to make some simple "pom-pom push" things from recycled containers. I just cut a coin size slit in the lids and put some colored pom-poms in the container.