I don’t know about you, but I love children’s toys that don’t need batteries. There is plenty of evidence out there that simple toys allow children to use their imaginations as they play, teaching them about problem solving and relationship building with peers in a way that some “modern” toys simply don’t.
Here are a few ideas for some simple toys you could create at home.
This riding toy was painted by artist Casey Shane. Look at all those patterns and colors! Casey shared he used one sampler pack of Old Village Paint to create all of these different shades.
Here’s a fishing toy, created with a pole, and cloth fish with magnets inside. Instructions to make this at http://www.makeit-loveit.com
Wooden blocks were some of my children’s favorite toys! And I love that on this example, there is the added dimension of a “puzzle”.
I love this next idea, because no woodworking tools are necessary! Just wooden spoons, some paint to make the faces and some felt and yarn.
Finally, here’s a wonderful project made with wooden spools. You can mix and match animal heads, middles and bottoms to create different characters with a variety of “outfits”. Our small paint sampler would be a great way to get long-lasting, one-coat, rich paint colors for this!
Happy creating for the children in your life! If you’ve made some simple wooden toys- we’d love to see them! -Jenny
I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin