Have you ever purchased a new toy for your child only to find that they actually prefer playing with the wrapping paper and the box instead of the toy? If you are working towards creating a simple lifestyle for your family, take heart knowing that your children aren’t missing out on anything just because they don’t have the latest plastic toy. Many toys can be made at home with your children, but I’ve listed just a few examples.
This toy is appropriate for children over 3 years of age. If you have young children, watch to make sure that they do not put the caps in their mouth.
In order to make the toy, collect the caps from soda bottles, milk jugs, or juice containers. Make sure to rinse out and dry the tops thoroughly. Also rinse out a coffee container and dry thoroughly. Children will enjoy tossing the caps into the coffee container. Yes, they really do. If you have younger children, you can allow them to stand close to the container; you also might want to find a bigger container that they can use to toss the caps into.
Homemade Play Dough
Store bought dough can be expensive–although it is nice for a special treat for the kids. You can make your own dough for the kids to use at home with ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
In a large saucepan, mix 2 cups of flour with 1 cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar to the mix. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and 2 cups of water. Note: If you want your dough to be colored, add food coloring to the water before combining it with the dough!
Heat the pan over medium low heat. Keep stirring the mix and watch it closely or it will burn. When all of the liquid has been evaporated, take the dough off the burner. In order to keep the dough pliable, keep it in a baggie or a container when not in use.
Make Your Own Crayons
Who doesn’t love a new box of crayons? Everyone does. Eventually, those new crayons become broken or worn down. Some people actually throw away the crayons and go out to buy a new box. Instead of doing that, extend the life of those crayons by making new crayons.
You will need a frying pan, old soda cans, and crayons. To start, simply peel the wrapper off the crayons. Cut the soda can in half. Be careful as the edge will be sharp and it is easy to get cut. Break the crayons into small bits and put them in the soda can bottom. Place the can in the frying pan and then fill the bottom of the pan with a small amount of water. Heat the pan and allow the crayons to melt. Once the crayons are melted, remove the pan from the heat and allow the crayons to cool. When the crayons are totally cooled, remove them from the soda can.
My children love playing with these crayons as well as giving them to their friends as gifts.
Challenge your children to create their own toys. You just might be surprised with the things that they create. Not only is this good for your pocketbook, it is also good for your kids because they will learn to use their imaginations and to think creatively!