Five years ago, we bought a 1920s fixer-upper in an up-and-coming part of Toronto. Needless to say, we've been going to hardware stores ever since.
Anyone who's spent time in a big box store with a toddler can attest to the fact that a root canal is probably easier. Last summer, while looking at paint samples and getting mildly annoyed by the sweet-but-demanding child in the cart in front of me. That's right, my child.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that's how this easy craft came about. On the fly, at the store, I chose paint swatches in primary colours, dug a hole through them with my pen and secured them to one another with a pony loop. (Yeah, just call me MacGruber.) But for a more polished version, I think anyone can make this inexpensive craft to help teach babies and toddlers about colours, or you know, to help keep them occupied.
Paint swatches from a hardware or paint store (ideally, they should be square)
A hole punch
A binder ring (a pipe cleaner or twist tie would work too, just be careful of sharp edges)
1. Pick swatches in colours that appeal to your baby. (I went with vibrant shades of red, orange, green, pink, purple and blue, but feel free to come up with your own combination.)
2. Line them up and then punch a hole in one corner.
3. Secure together with binder ring.
4. Hand to your child and enjoy five minutes of peace before anyone wants your attention again.
(I don't recommend this for babies and toddlers who put everything in their mouths.)