Taking my cue from this book:
I made a series of real wool pom poms for a friend's daughter.
V loved to manhandle these when she was small.
The pom pom is hardly cutting edge, but by using thick wool, the toy takes on a beautiful texture. Little kids *love* tactile.
If you haven't made a pom pom since fifth grade, here's a recap. Cut two matching circles out of some free cardboard, like these ones which I made from a Kleenex box.
Place both circles together and wrap wool around until the circles are completely covered.
Snip all around the outside edge.
Gently pull the two cardboard circles apart. Wrap a length of wool around the middle, very tightly, and secure. Remove both cardboard circles and fluff out your pom pom.
The book wisely suggests leaving a tail on the pom pom so your little one can pull the tail and drag it all around the house. I always tie a few knots in my tails for further tactile fun.
That's my no-sew toy for the week. Some of you have been uploading your handmades to my Flickr page, so keep 'em coming and watch for a show off post later in the week. And you can join the Sew What Challenge any time; there is no obligation to complete each week's challenge. We're just here to inspire you to have fun!
Next week's challenge: an ornament for the tree.