If there is one thing I know it’s that children don’t need a lot of toys. What they do need are opportunities to explore their imagination. If you were to walk through a toy store today you would be hard pressed to find much on the shelves that would spark a child’s imagination. So with that in mind, here are my favorite ideas using items normally thrown in the trash re-purposed into wonderful “toys” for children.
What is more fun that playing music. This looks to me like a donut box with a hole cut in the center.
If your children eat Popsicles why not use the sticks to make magnetic art pieces and let them create right on the fridge door. No paper, no mess.
This next idea I would really have to practice my drawing skills, but instead of tossing out those plastic bottles turn them into animals for a zoo activity.
Do you go through milk cartons? Don’t toss them out turn them into vehicles. I know a couple of boys who would love this truck.
For the family on the go, having activities that can travel and are compact is important. Have you considered how easy it is to create a to-go art kit. All you need to keep it all together is a DVD case.
Do you have a shoe box lid, or in this picture a simple wood tray, and some straws around the house? Make a maze for some quiet play.
Children love to wear masks and pretend to be superheroes. All you need is an egg carton and some yarn scraps.
While none of us would ever buy yogurt drinks in those plastic bottles. if you come across some why not make binoculars out of them?
Children love to be told stories and by the time they are preschoolers, will enjoy making up their own stories to share with you. You can help them stretch their imagination with story stones. This is one I want to make for my grandchildren, we have dug enough rocks out of the field to make a packet for each child.
And while I’m sharing ideas for rocks why not help them learn to spell with what I call Alpharocks.
If you have a bit more time crochet clothes for your clothes pin dolls
Make your own knitting Nancy
A play watch to be just like mom or dad.
A marble slide is much cheaper to make than to buy
From Red Ted Art comes these lovely cardboard characters, sorry I don’t have the exact link to these characters, but if you are looking for great art ideas for children please check out their website.
Every little girl loves flowers, let her make her own vase to hold them in.
Did you find an old shower curtain? Turn it into a town for hours of fun.