I am a big fan of the nationwide Babygarten program, which meets at local libraries and schools. Each season, babies and toddlers meet for 6 weekly hour-long sessions of reading and singing. We have a wonderful facilitator who leads us in songs with fun actions like "I'm a Little Rocket", "Baby Shark", and my son's favorite, "Choo Choo". Parents read the same pre-selected book aloud simultaneously to their children, and there is also a "structured" (ha!) play time and a "craft" (2nd ha!).
Sometimes the craft item is something the parents create, other times it's a pre-assembled item to take home. We recently finished up the summer session, and I wanted to share with you this project idea--a toy made from stuff you already have on hand.
To make the "wave bottle", you will need a clean plastic water bottle with the label removed, water, baby oil, food coloring, and glitter/confetti/small toys. Fill the water bottle half-way with baby oil, and then pour water until the bottle is nearly full. Add a couple drops of food coloring in the hue of your choice, and then sprinkle a few goodies in for added sparkle. We then used a hot glue gun to attach the lid firmly to the bottle, and sealed the seam with a piece of duct tape for extra precaution. The bottles are easy to make, and hopefully captivating to your toddler!