| Below are 10 tips for providing
nesting and stacking toys for your toddlers.
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| 1) When choosing nesting
and stacking toys for your toddlers, look for those that have only
a few pieces. Toys with too many pieces to figure out can frustrate
2) Make a nesting game for your children by collecting paper
cups in three or four different sizes. Place the cups, right side
up, on a table. Show the children how to place the cups inside one
another, starting with the largest cup. A set of measuring cups also
| 3) Boxes make a nice nesting
game. Set out three or four boxes in different sizes for your children
to nest together.
4) Purchase plastic eggs in small, medium, and large sizes.
Put one of each size together to make a fun nesting toy for spring.
| 5) A nesting set of pots
makes a great toy. Your toddlers will love experimenting with them
to find out just how they can nest together.
6) Toddlers especially enjoy stacking rings. You can purchase
commercially make stacking rings or you can make your own. A small
bathroom plunger and some shower curtain rings or large metal canning
jar rings make a fun game.
| 7) You can also make a stacking
rings game out of a wooden bottle-drying rack and some old napkin
rings. Have your children put the rings on the dowels of the rack.
8) Make a different kind of stacking toy by cutting the tops
and bottoms off plastic 2-liter bottles to make cylinders. Cover the
cylinders with self-stick paper, if you wish. Show your children how
to stack the cylinders on top of each other.
| 9) Collect several small
plastic containers that are all the same size. Let your children stack
and unstack them.
10) For an unusual stacking game, collect plastic cups and
saucers. Show your children how to stack them by alternating saucers
and cups, then let them try to make a two or three cup tower.
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