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Homemade toys

Have a read of our Hot Topics articles on homemade toys and activities for kids to make and play with at home. They’ll keep your toddlers and pre-schoolers busy for hours.

From finger puppets, to bubble mixture, homemade clay, foam sand, toys on a budget and a whole lot more!
Make your own sand foam

Make your own sand foam

Have a go at making your own sand foam! It’s very easy to do and uses just 2 ingredients! The sand foam has a smooth, slimy, grainy texture and is great for sensory play.
Make your own jam jar aquarium

Make your own jam jar aquarium

Have a go at creating your own mini aquarium in an old jam jar. It’s easy to do and the kids will love how the glitter and sea creatures swirl around inside the jar. The aquariums also make great party decorations and party favours for kids to take home instead of a party bag.
Make your own sensory board

Make your own sensory board

A sensory board or busy board is a fun, hands-on activity for babies and toddlers to help them touch, explore and learn about different objects all in one place. They have lots of developmental benefits too and are really easy to make at home with things you have to hand.
13 ideas for toys on a budget

13 ideas for toys on a budget

Children are happy to just play and don’t need big, expensive, brand-name items to keep them occupied. By using some of the everyday items around your house, you’ll keep them amused for hours. Check out some of these easy to make, cheap ideas for your little one.
Make your own paper stickers

Make your own paper stickers

Want to make your own stickers with the kids? So cheap and easy for the whole family to do. Hours of fun and the only limit is to your imagination!
Make your own colourful clay

Make your own colourful clay

Kids love playing with clay and making their own creations. Follow these easy instructions and make your own clay at home. From pots and animals, to Christmas tree decorations, letters, numbers, fossils, ornaments and more.
Make your own bubble mixture

Make your own bubble mixture

We’ll show you how to make your own homemade bubble solution! The kids will have hours of fun blowing bubbles. So easy to do!
Make your own bubble wrap runway

Make your own bubble wrap runway

So easy to do at home and guaranteed hours of fun. The kids will love running, crawling, sliding and skidding up and down their own bubble wrap runway.
Make your own erupting snow

Make your own erupting snow

Erupting snow is a simple sensory and messy play activity you can make at home. It's easy to set up using basic household ingredients and will keep your kids entertained for ages! The snow is soft and powdery and even feels cool to the touch. It’s just like playing with real snow, but without the frostbite!
Rainbow salt tray

Rainbow salt tray

Have a go at making your own rainbow salt tray. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will have lots of fun watching the colours come through when they draw pictures, create patterns and write their name in the salt. It is cheap to set up, educational and you will already have the items at home.
How to make Magic Rainbow Milk

How to make Magic Rainbow Milk

Have a go at making your own Magic Rainbow Milk. Kids of all ages will love it! It’s cheap, quick and easy to set up and if you do it outside (highly recommended!), there’s not that much mess to clean up afterwards.
How to make garden fairies

How to make garden fairies

Kids will have fun making their own garden fairies, especially over summer when plants are in full bloom. Teach them the names of the flowers that you use, discuss the different shades of colour and how plants grow.
How to make fairy flowers

How to make fairy flowers

Kids will love being creative and making their own Fairy Flowers with different materials. Teach them about the seasons and how plants grow, and help them to understand and appreciate nature.
Painted feet art

Painted feet art

Painted feet art makes a great personal gift for kids to give to family and friends, especially on Valentine's Day. You could try framing their artwork too to make it extra special. Have a go at making your own with these easy instructions.
Rubber glove finger puppets

Rubber glove finger puppets

So easy to make and the characters you can create are endless! All you need is a rubber glove, glue, decorations and lots of imagination!
Make your own glitter glue

Make your own glitter glue

Have a go at this recipe for glitter glue! Easy to make and perfect for adding sparkle to kids crafts and pieces of art. Makes approx 6 cups of glitter glue.
Make your own glue sponge

Make your own glue sponge

Have a go at making your own glue sponge for the kids to use. So easy to make and no more sticky glue everywhere! Just cut a sponge to fit into a container, pour glue on to the sponge and then the kids just press their little cut up pieces of paper onto it.
Easy beezies

Easy beezies

Follow these easy steps on how to make an awesome bee to pop up in a flower pot or hang from the ceiling using an old mustard bottle, some electrical tape and a few other bits and bobs lying around the house!
How to make recycled trucks

How to make recycled trucks

Recycling can be so much fun! Kids will love playing with these trucks made from recycled household bottles and containers. They get to use their imagination and concentration skills whilst they’re building them, and the trucks are great for teaching kids about road safety.
How to make recycled robots

How to make recycled robots

Making recycled robots teaches kids about recycling and is also a great test of their imagination, concentration and problem solving skills. It’s easy to make the robots out of recycled household items and things you have to hand.
Make your own ball bath

Make your own ball bath

It may be cold and wet outside, but the kids can still have fun inside with this fun ball bath idea. No water required!
Sail boats

Sail boats

These sail boats are easy to make and perfect for summer time. Kids can play with them in a paddling pool or bucket of water, or even in the bath before bed. They are great as an educational tool too.
Make your own play dough

Make your own play dough

Play dough is so easy to make and hours of fun for kids of all ages. It's the perfect sensory play activity they can do indoors and outside. Just follow this easy recipe.

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