You don't have to spend up large on expensive toys! Christine Nikiel offers up 5 safe household items that, with a little creativity, make great playthings.
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With its many shapes and sizes and even colours, pasta is a fantastic multi-use toy. You can thread it through string for beads, glue it onto drawings or arrange it into artistic masterpieces. Alphabet letters or rice make great 'gravel' for dump trucks to shovel and pick up, spaghetti can be broken up into different sizes. Colour rice or pasta by soaking it in food colouring and leaving it to dry on a tray in a low oven or the sun.