Looking for new ideas...

Amy - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone! i am on the hunt for "homemade" toys. i recently found a good recipe for "play dough" and someone suggested that we use our old tissue boxes wrapped with scraps of wrapping paper as unique building blocks. my daughter is now "addicted" to finding new "toys" around our house. (She is also now into gardening since we saved a plant from the throw-away bin at our local grocery store) Does anyone have any other ideas? (u can post here or in my Odds N' Ends community.) Thanks!!

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Sara - posted on 05/31/2009

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I have a two year old son and one of his favorite things to do for fun is to help me cook. It helps him build up all kindss of skills and confidence and it allows me to give him a chance to learn about nutrition, measurement, following directions, and motor skills. It can be something as ssimple as making pudding or as messy and complicated as helping me make meatballs. We have some established rules and terms that keep him from getting hurt.

Amy - posted on 05/31/2009

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Ooooo! love the domino idea! thanks Jodie!! she already dresses up in my clothes. too bad she finds my best things that were recently ironed! lol And the soda bottle rattle is great too! my younges will probably love that. she's just learning to really hold things. unfortunately both of my dogs would destroy the sock and bottle (my lab would probably eat both!) lol Thanks guys!!!

Jodie - posted on 05/31/2009

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use old unwanted clothes as dress up! all children love to play dress up!! You could also use empty video boxes as really big dominoes!!

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The best home made toy I have made is sooo simple. Take an empty soda bottle (I used a 20 oz size) and peel the label from the outside and remove the glue with Goo Gone. Wash inside and out thoroughly with soap and water. Let dry completely inside and out and then add about a third of a cup of dry beans (your choice). This made the best rattle. My son still comes out into the living room with it sometimes looking like he's shaking maraccas! lol My neighbor actually took a soda bottle and put it in a sock for one of their dogs and my son likes that one too.

Amy - posted on 05/30/2009

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You know what, Jeanne? i never would have thought of the doll thing! thank you! that is a great idea. she is all about dolls. and i certainly have enough nylons laying around since she likes to play dress-up now. (and of course b/c of the cat who likes to attack me from under the bed just when i get the nylons situated the right way...little bugger!) i'll definitely use the soup cans for pencil/marker holders. she has acquired a lot of markers, etc lately and mabye if she creates the container she'll use it more. we've used the soup cans to make "monsters" that she's not afraid of. she was having bad dreams at night and blaming the "monsters". someone suggested that we make friendly monsters to replace the one's that were scaring her. i turned the can upside down and we used google eyes and pipe cleaners and some paint. we now have an army of friendly monsters that "guard" her room every night. she lets them sleep during the day under several of my wash clothes. (oh well, i'll sacrifice them if it helps) lol

Jeanne - posted on 05/30/2009

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If she doesn't like sock puppets per say you can always make them into home made dolls or stuffies - I stuff the sock with old nylons - or other old socks - so it can be easily washed and once stuffed I so up the open end. With some yarn you have hair and with buttons or felt shapes (bought at a craft store) you can make shapes. Oh yeah...I forgot these two - empty soup cans and string and you have a phone....and if you still get your eggs in cardboard cartons, you have the makings for a fine caterpillar - you must remember those from kindergarten. Another use for soup cans is with some felt or wrapping paper you can make some cool pen or pencil cups and she can add beads or stickers and they make cool gifts.....trust me - I've used them all...lol....winter is very long here in Alberta.

Amy - posted on 05/30/2009

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Thanks Jeanne! the treasure chest sounds like a good idea too. she is into her own "collections" right now. it can be anything from a rock she finds from a walk to my watch that i left on the counter top. whatever she has claimed ususally gets hidden in the one couch. we had our youngest daughter's baptism this past week and couldnt' find the camera. yep! in the couch. never thougth to look there b/c it was supposed to have been "put away" but apparently it wasn't. i thought my husband put it away, he thought i did. too funny! but she "found" it just yesterday. oh well. for some reason she is not a fan of sock puppets. but i'll keep it in mind. i am sharing ur suggestions with my other family members that don't have access to the internet. one has used the grocery store idea in her daycare and it's working out really well! the others i am just keeping written down in a binder for when my youngest gets older!

Jeanne - posted on 05/30/2009

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How about socks are missing their partners for sock puppets? You can make treasure chests out of old shoe boxes - you can decorate them and she can keep her "treasures" in them. I have also kept some plastic containers (yogourt, margarine, baby food...etc) to play grocery store - especially since some of these items aren't recyclable you are minimizing on your carbon footprint.

Amy - posted on 05/30/2009

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Thanks for the great ideas! i love the grocery store idea!! my daughter LOVES grocery shopping with me but i find it hard to keep her in-line when we're there. maybe playing it at home will help! i actually took my camera to the grocery store when i had the time and took pics of the things that we buy most and printed them out in a shopping list. now when we go to the store i can print out the list and she helps find the stuff. generally it works but she still wanders on me.

Devon - posted on 05/29/2009

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you can google crafts for kids and it will give you different sights to go into to learn how to make different things out of stuff you have around the house

Mindi - posted on 05/29/2009

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Make your own grocery store by saving food boxes. Make money out of paper and use grocery store bags to bag the groceries they buy. You can even price the food to teach some money skills.



My kids take boxes and do all kinds of things with them. After seeing the movie "Hotel for Dogs", they created a hotel out of shoe boxes for their small stuffed animal dogs. Each one of them has a big box in their room, and they are always playing with them.

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