When I take out my wallet to pay for purchases, Gwen's always trying to grab it to explore the fascinating contents within! She's at the stage whereby her favourite play is taking things out and putting them back on loop.
Building on this interest, I decided to make Gwen a
Fake Busy Wallet of her own!
Because she tenaciously removes every single card from the wallet and tries to put them back (with partial success), it takes her quite a long time to explore all the sensory items in the wallet before she gets bored of it.
This makes the fake busy wallet the perfect toy for Gwen on car rides and in the stroller! And because throwing out the card can be quite a mess (and I'm not able to pick the cards out when I'm driving in the front), I taped the cards together to make a fun, extendable array of cards, which Gwen loves extending and shortening.
How to make a Fake Busy Wallet for Toddlers
- Clean out an old wallet of yours
- Fill up the wallet with a variety of cards that you no longer need (Example: Used gift cards, expired credit cards, coupons, monopoly money cards, name cards, loyalty cards)
- Tape some of the cards in a row to desired length and also place into wallet (Be sure to leave a gap in between cards when taping so the cards can be easily folded)
- For little children who love to snack, you could include large chocolate coins (ensure they're not choking hazard sized) in the coin compartment of the wallet
Creative Uses for Older Toddlers
The fake wallet is a great one for imaginary play! Send your child on errands and make-believe shopping sprees.
Also, seize the opportunity to teach your child basic math and money skills with this fake wallet and play money!
I hope this fake busy wallet can keep your child occupied during long, boring car and stroller rides. Tell me your experience at miraculove_sg via Instagram Direct Message or Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.