Toy Recipes make your own toys!
by Marianne Szymanski
are so many toys you can make at home. Whether it is
a rainy day, birthday party, babysitter night, after
school activity or family get-together, finding the
time to play is usually not a problem.
These ideas are simple, inexpensive to make
and you can use your own ingredients. The recipes came
to us from teachers, parents, grandparents and of course,
Toy Tips tested them with kids to make sure they are
Loc Bag Books
together 5-7 Zip Loc Bags on the closed seam. Cover
staples with electrical tape to avoid sharp points.
Then pages can be filled with family photos, pictures
cut from magazines, small items collected. Books can
be changed and can be graded for any aged child-adding
words, sentences, etc. Can have themes, the ABC's,
the family trip, Holidays, favorite foods, etc.
and staple together Chinet (or other heavy paper plate)
filled with dried peas or beans. Decorate outside
of plates anyway you want.
20 Oz soda bottles. Fill with beans, pasta, rice etc.
Attach dowel handle to soda cap either by screwing
it on or hot glue. Makes a great maraca.
Drums from Oatmeal or other cyndrical cereal containers.
Cover outsides with paper to decorate. Can use large
spoon to beat drums or hands work fine too.
Spongy Soft Balls: Cut one colored Big sponge cut
in strips.(Do not cut through) Leave the middle uncut.
Tie the center with a strong rubber band and toss
in the air or in the water.
Sidewalk paint: Mix together and place paint in a
spray bottle 1 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 1/4 cup h20 10
drops of food color
chalk: Mix together and form into balls or into shapes
with molds or plastic cookie cutters. (must work quickly)
2/3 cup plaster-of-Paris 2 tbs powdered tempura paint
6 tbs h20
#1: 2 cups Elmer glue 2 cups of h20 21 drops of Food
coloring Mix in bowl #1.
#2: 8 tsp. Laundry detergent (powder) 2 2/3 cups water
Mix in bowl #2
pour mixture in bowl #1 into mixture of bowl #2 (DO
not mix or stir) Lift solution 1 out of 2.
solid turn to liquid and liquid turn to solid right
in your hands.. Offers sensory and tactile development
and texture identification. Store in a zip loc bag
4 tbs. Elmer's glue 5 drops of food color Slowly...
add 2 tbs. Liquid starch Let stand and mix in hands.
Store in a zip loc bag.
tbsp. Shortening 2 tbs. Dry kool aid mix Mix together
and decorate in small containers (Danimals yogurt
containers work great)
cup flour 1 cup USED coffee grounds 1/2 cup salt 1/4
cup sand 3/4 cup water
Mix and slowly add water. Knead until it has the consistency
of bread dough. Break off a piece and roll into the
size of a baseball. Make a hole and hide wrapped candy.
Seal with extra dough. Let air dry for 3 days or until
hard. You can also bake in an oven for 20 minutes
to dry. Open.
flour 1/2 cup salt 1 pkg unsweetened Koolaid 3 Tbl.
vegetable oil 1/2 cup hot water
Combine dry ingredients. Add oil and hot water. Mix
with hands. Add extra flour or water to reach consistency
of bread dough. Have fund and enjoy the smell. Dough
is non toxic, but very salty if eaten. Will keep in
plastic bag for several weeks.
Melted Crayons Recycle old crayons. Peel off the paper
and have children mix colors in an non-stick muffin
pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 4-5 minutes until melted.