DIY Toys for Gifting Children: Check out some ideas for creating fun toys with items you have at home, for free!
The best part about making recyclable toys at home as a gift for children is that you can ask the little ones for help to make them, as they love an activity that involves fun.
DIY toys stimulate the children’s creativity and curiosity, and are part of school activities in many institutions. This type of activity allows children to have fun while they learn, in addition to raising awareness about the importance of recycling to take care of the environment.
Remembering that in all activities to create DIY toys, it is important to guide children to only do them when an adult is around, as in many of them scissors and materials that can cause cuts are used, for example, pet bottles.
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DIY toys for gifting children
Here are some ideas for DIY toys for gifting children:
doll house with plastic bottle
Certainly at home you have a plastic bottle, those of 5 liters that come with cleaning products. When the product runs out, do not throw them away and use the opportunity to make a dollhouse out of a plastic bottle.
- Plastic bottle
- Paint and colored brushes or permanent markers
- stickers to decorate
On the plastic bottle, draw a door on the front and some windows on the sides, and cut out the silhouette with the help of scissors.
Decorate the house to your liking. You can paint just the door frame and windows, or the entire bottle. You can also stick some stickers.
Cardboard camera with wet wipe cover
Among the possibilities of making toys with recycled materials, we find this wonderful camera to capture unforgettable moments, just have at hand some simple materials that we find at home:
- Small cardboard box;
- Closure of a wet wipe, a bottle of shampoo or hair gel, and a smaller clear cap;
- Tape or shoelace to hang the camera;
- Scissors and glue;
- Scotch tape;
- Black marker, paint and brushes for decorating.
Use the larger lid to draw and cut out the outline on the front of your cardboard box. Insert the cap into the hole.
At the top, glue the smaller transparent cap to simulate the flash and a button on the other side (you can also use the cap of a plastic bottle, for example).
Decorate your camera with duct tape, paint, or patterns painted with a marker.
Finally, attach a ribbon or lace hanging from the sides.
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Star Wars laser sword
Create Star Wars swords with these craft ideas in five minutes. The toy that saga lovers have been waiting for, made in record time.
- Plastic tube the size of a fluorescent lamp
- 1 plastic cap that closes one end of the tube
- 1 small, thin flashlight with a strap that snaps onto the tube
- black duct tape
- Red or cellophane fabric
Cut the paper to cover the inside of the plastic tube.
Close the tube at one end with the cap.
At the other end place the flashlight. You can adjust the measurement with a small black tape.
Wrap more duct tape around the strap. That way it will not separate from the plastic tube when moving the bar.
Turn on your flashlight and enjoy your Star Wars lightsaber.
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cardboard football table
Table football is a very fun game that your child can play with for hours. Make your own 100% cardboard foosball table!
- A shoe or fruit box
- toilet paper tubes
- Cardboard or cardboard cookie boxes
- Pens, ink, brushes, among others, to draw the dolls.
- Large marble.
Cut the toilet paper tubes into three parts, so the middle part is about two-quarters long. Don’t separate them completely, they must remain united at the base. Then smooth the center part until it is flat.
In your cardboard box, drill four circular holes in the side the size of the tubes so you can insert them.
To create your players, draw your characters on cardboard or cardboard rectangles. You can also simply color the rectangles in two different shades to distinguish each team. In total you will need to create three players per team.
Using clips or glue, secure each player to the central cardboard tube.
Finally, make two rectangular openings at each end to simulate goals.
These are just a few DYI toy ideas you can make for kids, enjoy and have fun with your little one!