Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DIY Toys for Survival - Thor's Hammer

A disaster or a crisis can create an extremely stressful situation for children. One of the best ways to help them cope with a crisis is to have some sort of simple toy for them to play with and occupy their time. The good thing is you don't really need to spend a lot of money in order to do this. All you need is a little imagination and some creativity to make a toy.

In the picture above is Lil' RW's new toy made by RW to keep him occupied. It's simply a block of wood with a wrapped handle that resembles Thor's Hammer. It seems that this is the current "in" toy for most young boys. Since being presented with his "new" Thor Hammer, the two have become virtually inseparable.

Toys can also be used to teach valuable skills to young children.  Lil' RW has found that his "Thor Hammer" is a great tool for pounding ants, snails and other things that need pounding in his estimation. It has even taken favored status over his "bear stick". You just need to make sure they aren't pounding the wrong thing or throwing it at something that's not as sturdy.

Simple toys can be improvised from a number of items and sometimes they work better than the ones that come in a box and last a lot longer. 

It's important to remember that children get stressed during a crisis and being able to improvise a simple toy that will occupy their time and allow them to learn new skills at the same time can be a valuable skill.

Got Thor's Hammer?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

get him out there smashing stuff! The cowboys need a good arm!

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 11:16

He's gotten pretty good at smashing stuff but his Mom thinks it could have been made a little less sturdy.

It seems that it's working too well and he's learning to pound things really

Thanks anon.


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Diggity Dog said...

It's a fact, little boys love to hammer anything that sits still and looks at them sideways! Since I'm a guy, I understand the impulse. I'm trying to think of home made toys for little girls though. I suppose hand sewn dolls from old cloths would qualify. And I don't know if they need to have functioning teapots and cups for a tea party, so perhaps recycle them for use after you've chipped a few china mugs?

riverwalker said...

To: Diggity Dog

My young nieces love an old tuna can with a little dirt and water...they can make some really good mud pies (non-edible of course).lol

They also like to gather wood to cook their "pies"...

Thanks Diggity Dog.


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