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Cheap Handmade Toy Ideas

Cheap handmade toy tutorials

I think these toy/play ideas are all dirt cheap or free and would entertain multiple ages – let me know if you’ve tried any of them! Last month I shared a quick, free toilet paper roll toy DIY and I ran into so many fun ideas when I was looking around Pinterest to see what else I could make to keep my toddler busy.

DIY blocks made from recycled toilet paper rolls, a cheap toddler toy tutorial. I also shared 15 other ideas for handmade toys with free patterns & tutorials before Christmas if you’re looking for more ideas.

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1. Cardboard Box Barn from Just Another Project

2. Masking Tape Maze from Our Scribbled Walls

Slot Box Toy

3. Slot Box from Made by Joel

4. Sponge Blocks from Inner Child Fun

tin can drums

5. Tin Can Drums by Salsa Pie

6. DIY Rain Stick from The Imagination Tree

truck painting

7.Painting with Trucks from Hands On As We Grow

8.  Indoor Sledding Hill from Play Learn Love

Table top ice hockey

9. Tabletop Ice Hockey Game from Handmade Charlotte

Kids Coloring Sheets Free Printable

10. Free Printable Coloring Sheets (my Pinterest board)

It’s not free, but if you have felt scraps and some curly straws, check out this “busy bag” idea, too:

Use up your felt scraps for a fun toddler busy bag activity!

Two related books that I’ve seen online are both by awesome blogs, “Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations“* by Joel Henriques (from Made by Joel) and “The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity“* by Jean Van’t Hul (from The Artful Parent). I am going to request both of them from my library!

I’ve followed this Pinterest board for a long time and always see great ideas for cheap toys and activities!

Free kids activities

 

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