8 Things To Do With Lots Of Links
Lots of Links or “link rings” or “linkies”…whatever you call them…are useful as all get out! If you’re anything like me, I was thrilled to receive package after package of them when my little one was on the way.
I wanted to get Lots of Links, Stacking Cups, Stacking Rings, and Blocks…all of the essentials I had as a kid. All the great toys that you can use your imagination with as opposed to the electronic junk that is dominating the toy market now.
I’ve noticed that a lot of parents let them disappear into toy boxes once they’re not using them on play gyms anymore, but they can be played with in a million new ways and they are incredibly useful!
When baby is little, this really comes in handy. Before baby is running around, picking up toys, you can hang toys from play gyms, pack and plays, and cribs for baby to swat at and reach for.
When baby is older, this comes in handy in the car! You can make a chain of links from the head rest and attach toys, or attach them directly to the car seat.
My little girl is practically a toddler and I use them to attach toys in the car still because if she throws them, I can easily pick them up!
Make pull game
Attach all the links into one long chain and place them in a bin of some kind. Give baby one end and let them pull it out like one of those never ending scarf chains that magicians used to have.
Their faces light up as they grab and pull and their muscles and coordination get a good work out.
Make an instrument
Grab a big Tupperware container from your kitchen, throw a handful of links in, and seal up.
Let baby shake to their heart’s content!
Make a stacking game on a paper towel holder
If you have a freestanding paper towel holder in your kitchen, pull the paper towels off and show baby how to stack the links onto the rung.
If baby doesn’t quite have the coordination to stack yet, put the links on for them and let them pull them off. Makes them just as happy!
Set in Jello for a dig
Prepare for a mess. Make a batch of Jello in a big dish and throw some links in and around so some are poking out and some are floating inside. Put in the fridge to set.
(I used a bit of washi tape in order to have some of the links stick out. They will float flat on the top if you don’t, which is fine, I just wanted to give her a challenge to dig in there!)
Either set out a dollar store plastic table cloth or put them in the tub and have bath time right after.
Let baby tear through the jello to get to the links. There will be a mess, but they will be immensely proud of themselves and you don’t have to worry about them eating their sensory play!
Make link drop bucket
This is one of my daughter’s favorite toys. She pulls it out at least 3 or 4 times a day.
I simply took a coffee canister once it was empty,
gave it a soak and a wash,
traced a big rectangle into the lid,
cut it out with an Xacto knife,
sanded it to make sure it was safe for little fingers
and we’ve played with it multiple times per day since then!
We call it the “putting away” game…I’m trying to pass on my love of cleaning to her at an early age!
She carries it around by the slot on top like it’s a purse!
If you have handles on your cabinets, you can throw a link or two onto them and BAM! They’re baby proofed!
Do a color sort
When baby starts recognizing the different colors, you can place a colored piece of paper on the floor or get out some Tupperware out. Show baby some samples of color matching and let them give it a try.
Once they’re good at it, it can be a busy activity to keep them amused while you do something else!
If baby gets sick, you’ll want to sanitize these links, check out my post on Toy Disinfectant Spray and Wash.