Earlier this summer, we hit the jackpot when it came to finding free stuff. The site where Philip attended his sensory needs classes this summer is being taken over by a local college. All of the early childhood programs that used the building moved out this summer, so they gave away stacks of materials. Here are five objects that we picked up gratis there and elsewhere that Philip is still having hours of fun playing with.
1. Twirly stick
I work in a building with a chapel that is used as a wedding venue. Sometimes celebrants will leave behind decorations. One Monday morning I found a pair of dowel rods decorated with ribbons and bells. Philip loves them.
I’ve never heard of this company before, but love the concept. They produce boxes of colorful objects of varying shapes and sizes that can be arranged and connected in hundreds of ways. Hurray for creative, open-ended play.
Philip soon disconnected the cube that fits into this interactive book’s cut out section. Prior to that, he liked dangling the book by the ribbon. After, he enjoyed staring closely at the book.
4. Small push toy
This small, plastic toy is meant for pushing, but Philip wrapped a piece of ribbon around the wheels so that he can dangle it.
5. Musical toy
I have no idea what this toy is called. It has four colorful buttons that make a sound when you push them. If you turn the dial in the center, a tune plays. There are the rattles like a tambourine inside plus beads surrounding the dial that you can shake. I don’t know if the battery is dying or if this thing has always been so distorted and out of tune, but Philip likes it.
What free items have you come across this summer? Tell us why you are thrilled by your find or why you are glad you didn’t waste any money on it.