August 22, 2011

DIY Toys from household items

Summer is coming to an end, but many of you still have a few days before your kids go back to school.  They might be a bit bored and they might be letting you know it again and again.  Today I'm going to show you a few different toys you can whip up for them to keep them entertained.  The beauty of these ideas is that they are made of things you probably have on hand.

1) Captain Hook.  If you have a pirate fan, then get out a paper/plastic cup and a sheet of aluminum foil.  Punch a small hole in the bottom of the cup and twist the end of the aluminum foil into it.  Form the foil into a hook.  Our library did this along with a cut out pirate hat a couple of weeks ago.  My boys loved wearing their hooks and watching "Jake and the Neverland Pirates."

2) Marshmallow Building.  This idea is from Make and Takes (via Skip to my Lou via Ohdeedoh).  We've also done this with mini-marshmallows and toothpicks.

3) Slotted Discs.  This idea is from Made by Joel (via Ohdeedoh).  Cut out some cardboard circles, add slits, then play and build.  You could probably use an old cereal box for this.

4) Get creative with Tape (Ohdeedoh).  If you have a car lover, just take a few minutes to map out some masking tape highways.  This could keep kids entertained for a long time.

5) Milk Jug Catch.  This is one I posted HERE.  Just rinse out an empty milk jug.  Cut off the bottom and it becomes a ball catcher.

I hope you're enjoying the last bits of summer.  If you have any great toys from house items feel free to share them with us in the comment section.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Save your empty soda bottles or large juice boxes, grab any large ball around the house and set up a bowling alley in a long hallway.

  2. Awesome! Thank you, my kids are getting antsy!

  3. Glad to see my son isn't the only boy that runs around the house all day in his underwear :)

  4. we went to that same event at the library. My boy was wearing that hook for days. Such a fun easy project sometimes I wonder... duh why didn't I think of that! :)

  5. Great compilation, thanks! My boys are not going to school in the fall but I will need to fill the Michigan winter months somehow so these will be great.

  6. Thank you! I plan on doing some of these tomorrow!

    Our favorite thing is to build a tower of plastic cups and then have my little boy crash his bikes into them. He gets very serious about knocking those cups over :D

  7. Anonymous24.8.11

    Love the marshmellow idea but i' afraid I might eat them all before it gets made :)
    x x x

  8. This is fun! I have two boys that LOVE Jake and the Never Land Pirates too. I made them Jake Headbands!

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