Here’s a cute and easy jack-in-the box that you can make for your infant. It’s a little less startling than the kind you buy where a wind-up figure pops out, making it a good intro to the toy. And you only need a few pantry items to make it!
Poke a hole in the bottom of a Styrofoam cup with a pencil.
Push a straw through the hole, and attach a small to the other end of the straw (I just taped one on).
Hold the straw so the puppet is hidden in the cup, then… Peek-a-boo!
Here’s a cute rhyme you can say before the big reveal:
Jack in the box, still as a mouse,
Deep down inside your little dark house.
Jack in the box, resting so still.
Will you come out? Yes, I will!
Lots of giggles and delight for this one.
Big siblings will probably want to take a turn doing the popping, too.