Babies and toddlers love to play “dropsie” off a high chair tray, and this game lets them do that to their heart’s content!
Choose a light-weight, favorite toy (around here that’s Daniel Tiger figures!) and tie a piece of yarn securely to one end of the toy. Tape the other end of the yarn to the high chair tray. I used lots of tape, knowing Veronika might be tempted to rip it up, or throw the toys so strongly the tape came loose.
Then it was just a matter of sitting her down and demonstrating!
She giggled when the toys dropped, and eagerly looked over her tray: where did they go?
You can make the dropping silly and not scary by adding sing-song words like, “Uh oh trouble!” or “Dropsie!”
I then showed her how she could pull on the yarn to retrieve a toy back all by herself. This took a few tries, but she started to get the hang of it.
Now it was her turn to impishly dangle the toys off.
As you can probably guess, this is a great way to occupy a toddler when dinner is almost ready.