Homemade Toys for Kids

December 09, 2012
There are lots of fun and frugal toys you can make for your children that they will surely love!
Homemade toys make great holiday gifts, too!
Tons of great homemade toys for kids; Great gift ideas!
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Get Up & Move Dice  This easy to make game will get the kids moving in imaginative ways.  Total cost to make these dice is under $5

Tool Bench  This tool bench was made from an old night stand and is better than any store bought bench.  Don't have a nightstand to use?  Check your local thrift stores.

A Geoboard  Geoboards are great for color sorting, learning shapes, early math concepts, and more!  See how to make your own at Crayon Box Chronicles.

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

DIY Marble Run This toy is so incredibly easy to make and SO FUN.  See how to make your own; Ramblings from Utopia shows us how

Homemade Jet Pack  I have seen jet packs like this all over Pinterest, and it is easy to see why.  SO FUN!  I love how this one from The Pinning Mama turned out.

DIY Jet Pack Made with Soda Bottles by www.thepinningmama

DIY Dollhouse  Why buy what you can make?  This dollhouse from Sutton House is beautiful.   Get the design template here.  

Hop Scotch Play Mat  I love toys that keep the kids moving indoors.  Ones you can make yourself are even better.... from A Girl and a Glue Gun

Wooden Peg Dolls  This are super cute and super simple, gotta love that!  From Homemade by Jill

SLIME!  What kid doesn't love slime?  My girls sure do.  Mixing up a batch is fast and very  inexpensive.  Present it in a mason jar with a cute label- makes a fantastic stocking stuffer!   Check out our slime recipes collection for lots of great ideas.

Eye Spy Slime Recipe

A Dress Up Headquaters  Turn an old dresser into a dress up dream.  Don't have a dresser to use?  Check local thrift stores.

Sensory Bags  Sensory bags are simple to make and fun for kids of all ages!  They allow little ones to explore messy materials in a MESS FREE way.  You can find some great sensory bag ideas here and here.

Lava lamp sensory bags
Why buy what you can make?   A great collection of DIY gifts for kids

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Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!