Super creative mom Meg Wutrich Sarmenta talks about the benefits of creating your kid's toys and she lets us in on some of her DIY secrets!
Meg Wutrich-Sarmenta always enjoyed Do-it-Yourself projects even before she got married. When she was pregnant with her first child, Lucas, her passion for DIY was ignited even more.
"I was pregnant with Lucas then, I hand sewn his name and added designs on his birds eye diaper (lampin). I made Lucas Edible Fingerpaints, and his Toy animal stand out of cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls."
But, she believes her journey as a DIY mom began when Lucas was 7 months old. "He loves going inside cardboard boxes, laundry baskets and Plastic bins. It gave me the idea to make him a simple toy boxcar out of cardboard boxes," recalls the resourceful mom. "I didn’t put much decors on it since he puts anything he grabs inside his mouth."
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I usually get inspiration from whenever we go out. I’d see something I like or what Lucas would like. From there I’d imagine if it’s possible to make it out whatever we have at home.
Has Lucas shown an interest in creating DIY projects as well?
-yes to both. Whenever I make a DIY project, Lucas would suggest something or tell me what to add. I ask his opinion. And sometimes I’d get surprised that he would imagine a certain toy and tell me what it is he is imagining. Sometimes he would surprise Paolo (my husband) and I he made an mini ‘igloo’ out of pillows. Or he would fold a paper and tell us it’s a plane.
What are your bonding activities?
We usually do activities together like doing sports, house chores, painting and making cookies. He sees house chores as a form of play. So he usually enjoys it. We also made edible finger paints out of cornstarch and food color.
Paolo, My husband, helps me whenever I need help and I ask ideas from him too. He is very supportive with my projects for Lucas.
Lucas and Paolo helped me make the busy board Lucas calls it his ‘ipad’ since we don’t own one.
What are the benefits of creating your kid's toys as opposed to purchasing from a toy store?
We get to save. Instead of buying, making our kid’s toys make it more meaningful. We get to bond and have fun with our child while making a project.
He gets to appreciate simple things and use his imagination. He also learns on how things are made and how they work.
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