Make Homemade Toys



Some experts consider play time to be work for children, a critical part of their development. As work, kids need the right tools to get the job done well: good toys. We've selected some helpful Web sites that can teach you the importance of "child's play" and how to equip your kids with safe toys that will keep them happy, engaged, and active.

Choosing Toys for Children

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Online Toy Shopping

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Specialty Toy Stores

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Make Homemade Toys

Homemade toys are generally more economical than store-bought toys, and likely come with a little more sentiment attached. If you’re feeling crafty or looking for a great project to do with your kids, use the sites we recommend here for ideas and instructions to make great kids toys at home.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • If you search for "homemade toys" on the Web, your results will be very scattered. Be much more specific with your search terms, using phrases such as "toy car patterns," or "doll patterns," for example.
  • If you watch any craft or do-it-yourself shows on television where you've seen homemade toys constructed, check the show's Web site for project patterns and instructions available online for purchase or even for free.
  • Just as when you are searching for the right toy from a toy store, homemade toys must be chosen and fashioned with the same eye toward safety. Look for Web sites that tell you the appropriate ages for children to safely make or use a particular homemade toy.
  • For additional ideas about homemade toys and other projects kids can create from home, read The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions. With the help of a few common household ingredients, kids can make their own stickers, a snow globe, scratch-and-sniff watercolors, and more.

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