toddler toy

This is quick, easy, & entertaining for the littler ones. Leviah gets 2 uses: 1. rolling to a new destination & 2. opening the top, dumping, and refilling the can. (if the second use isn’t one you approve of, just tape or adhere the lid on so it’s not an option for your child).

What you need:
Tube container (oatmeal, yogurt, a can with a cardboard end)
about 5 feet of yarn
Dried beans

Using a hammer and a phillip’s head screw driver punch holds in either end of your tube. String yarn through both holes & tie knots to keep it from pulling through (a small stick to tie the yarn around would be great, too)

Fill the can with beans & put the lid on.

Roll away!


  • Imene Posted August 21, 2010 3:10 pm

    I think Layla would love to play with it. Thank you for the idea!

  • Joy Posted August 21, 2010 3:11 pm

    I love it. What a great little homemade toy! I especially like the last shot of Leviah dragging it around. 🙂 Too cute. We made a marble tin out of an empty coffee can (many moons ago) that Finn still plays with occasionally:

  • Sarah B. Posted August 21, 2010 3:46 pm

    How fun! Homemade and inexpensive… that's the way to go 🙂

  • school house oils Posted August 23, 2010 1:49 pm

    Imene–now I think i want to make several different ones. Joy–that is a great storage idea! Sarah, cheaper is always better!

  • Plain and Joyful Living Posted August 28, 2010 4:24 pm

    This is such a great idea!

  • cabin + cub Posted August 31, 2010 10:33 pm

    Great idea! I will have to keep it in mind once the little one learns to walk. 😉

  • Wendy Posted September 3, 2010 4:01 am

    Great idea! I saved a bread crumb container the other day when I saw this . . . still haven't made it yet, but I have high hopes for tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenn @ Posted January 10, 2011 6:10 pm

    Great idea, thanks!!

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