Last Updated on May 17, 2021.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on toys. And having too many toys can create overwhelm for kids. So ditch the store-bought plastic toys and inspire your kids to be creative by creating custom handmade toys for hours of play! Here are a few ideas to get you started. You can involve your kids in the creation process for added fun.
Are you drowning in toys already? Before creating more toys, tackle the toy clutter with our guide to downsizing toys.
Even the littles can enjoy homemade toys. Here are several super simple toys you can make in minutes to keep your baby occupied for hours.
Handmade felt toys are soft, yet durable. It’s the perfect material for kids who are a little rough on toys. Check out these super simple felt toys!
Extra cardboard can be turned into amazing toys for kids! Try building a space shuttle or shop to encourage your kids to use their imaginations.
If you’re able to crochet, here are a couple of super easy toys your kids will love!
Clothespins aren’t as widely used nowadays, but a small pack of wooden clothespins can be turned into super cute creations. Check out these airplane and car toys!
Homemade dolls can be tailored to your kids! If your little one loves a specific color, outfit, or hairstyle, you can customize your dolls to perfectly please your little ones.
Playdoh can dry out quickly, so making your own is a great way to save money! Plus, when you make your own, you know exactly what’s in it (which is especially important if you have a little one who puts everything in her mouth, like me!). Check out these super easy recipes.
Puppets are so versatile. Create these super cute puppets and reuse them over and over again.
Check out these amazing educational toy ideas. From learning about science through toy rocket ships to engineering your own pom pom shooter, these toys are sure to keep kids busy for hours.
Inspire your kids to imagine their lives as rock stars or kings and queens with these imaginative play toys!
Other Fun Tutorials
Here are a couple of additional tutorials to keep your kids inspired at home.
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