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Niche Topics (Pregnancy and Kids) is all about practical parenting advice and parenting
skills to help you deal with common parenting challenges from toddlerhood to teen
years. You’ll find tons of healthy food ideas and easy-to-make kids meals, fun activity
ideas and creative crafts projects that kids love to do and play!
If you're a creative mom who loves all things DIY and enjoy making homemade kids
toys, check out these incredibly easy-to-make children toys ideas. They are not only
fun but also a great way to recycle and reuse things around your home.
Easy Recycled Kids Toys to Make
Indoor Golf Set
Watch little "Tiger Woods" play indoor miniature golf with this almost free game
Gather these household items – aluminum foil, wooden spoon or cupboard tubes and
a few empty soda cans.
Make sure the pull-off rings are completely discarded and that there's no sharp edges
on the cans before washing the cans. When the cans are cleaned, dry well in the sun.
Wooden spoons or cardboard tubes double up as golf clubs. Show the kids how to hit
the soda cans with the balls and club.
And, be sure to check periodically for signs of rust on cans and throw away any immediately.
Kids (and adults) love things that glow in the dark. Why not surprise the little
ones with fun glow bottles? Kids can play hide and seek in darkened rooms or just
have fun under a table covered with an oversized sheet!
The materials you'll need to make glow bottles are a peanut butter plastic jar or
plastic bottles, store-bought glow in the dark items or glow in the dark paint, soda
bottle caps and pasta shells.
You can buy small glow in the dark items such as stars at dollar stores and add into
Or, make your own glow in the dark paint. That way, you'll have more things to go
inside the plastic bottle. Leftover glow in the dark paints can be used to add extra
touches to Halloween costumes or to add safety to ordinary items so that they are
visible in the dark.
Get glow in the dark powder and a clear paint medium from your local craft or home
improvement store. There are many grades of glow in the dark powders, just buy the
lesser grade since it's a small toy project. You also want a water based paint medium
so that your kids are not exposed to hazardous paint fumes.
Grab a container, pour only the amount of paint medium you need. Then, slowly add
in anywhere from 15-25% volume of the glow in the dark powder.
Be careful with the amount you add. The more powder you add, the brighter the paint
will glow in the dark and the rougher the paint will become. Read package if you're
not sure how much to add.
Stir glow in the dark powder into the paint. Paint bottle caps, pasta shells and
whatever you have with glow in the dark paint.
Once they're completely dry, pop them into bottles, secure lid tightly with duct
tape before giving it to your children.
Musical Pull Toys
This simple toy does wonders for a growing child. As your toddler pulls the musical
toy, it helps encourage proper development of smooth and efficient movements.
You need a cylindrical can with lid (such as infant formula cans, coffee cans), colored
contact paper, stickers, scissors, string or any yarn, jingle bells, hot glue gun,
clear contact paper or book tape, hole punch and hammer.
Prepare a clean can by covering with colored contact paper. Decorate with stickers.
Using a hole punch and hammer, punch holes in lid and can bottom. You need just a
small hole to thread a piece of yarn through.
Drop a few jingle bells inside the can and thread yarn through both holes.
Tie the ends together. Make the yarn loop no more than 16 inches long for your kid
to pull with. Secure lid tightly with hot glue gun, seal can and edge of lid with
clear contact paper or book tape to finish.
Featuring cute homemade soap crayons that are simple enough for kids to make themselves,
or with only a little help from adults. Also, get step-by-step instructions on how
to embed toys into homemade soaps.