Children and especially toddlers are always busy with something. Just sit quietly and do nothing is simply not part of the child's everyday life. And that's good. While children are active, their bodies and intellect develop. They get to know the world by playing and that's why cool children's toys are so important to them. However, all parents know how a toy can be interesting for a child at short notice. The little ones not only need to be busy with something, they need something that is very interesting for them and they are immediately looking for something else that will grab their attention.
It can be really exhausting for parents, but don't panic! Keep calm, take a deep breath and try to watch the world like a child. Creative thinking helps a lot. Instead of buying new and expensive children's toys every day, make them out of everyday materials. This is not that difficult and can also do you good and calm you down.
Take some time to make cool children's toys for your children. Enjoy the creative process and give the toy a personal touch. For inspiration, use our picture gallery from 60 examples, which are divided into 3 categories – shaking bottles, activity boards and simple soft toys made of felt.
Cool children's toys – sensory bottles
Make cool children's toys yourself – shake bottles
Sensor or shake bottles are still called "bottles of calm". These magical bottles train the child's visual sensory system and thereby bring them to rest.
Shake flasks are compact and you can take them with you on the go.
In addition, you can quickly and easily make them out of everyday materials and make as many as you want. Because diversity and creativity play an important role here. The more and more tempting sensor bottles you make, the longer your child will be occupied with it.
Decide on a sensor bottle first and then you will come up with even more ideas.
Let yourself be inspired first and get the necessary materials.
Look for dinosaurs in a shake bottle
Make shake bottles yourself – simple, but effective
You can put just about anything in a sensor bottle
What do you need for a DIY sensor bottle:
- Glycerin (shower gel or baby oil)
- an empty plastic bottle with a cap
- Hot glue gun
- Water pearls, glitter, sequins, pearls, plastic confetti, pompoms, color and everything you want to put in the bottle.
Make a sensor bottle
This will fill the bottle
Ultimately, the bottle cap is glued with the hot glue gun
Put glitter, pompoms, pearls and other small parts into the empty bottle as you wish. Then fill the bottle with water and add a teaspoon of glycerin. The mobility of the liquid in the bottle depends on the amount of glycerin. The more glycerin, the slower the liquid moves. Finally, glue the cap with the hot glue gun. So you have a cool and safe children's toy.
Fun shake bottles to imitate
You could also stick pom-poms to the cap
Tinker underwater world shake bottle
Add the squid to the bottle
The bottles from the picture below are half filled with water and baby oil. Both liquids are colored separately and then mixed and you get this two-tone result.
play of colors
Colorful paper clips
Continue with the smart DIY ideas
Cool children's toys – activity boards
An activity board is still a cool children's toy that you can make yourself and very cheap. The following craft ideas are more suitable for the fathers. Now dads have the opportunity to let their creativity run free and to create a unique employment board for their offspring.
For the project you need any household items that you have in the basement or can be found in the hardware store. Things like locks, switches, cables, key chains, door knobs, wheels, iron chains, magnets and etc. arouse the little one's interest and imagination.
Build an activity board yourself
Employment for young children
Necessary materials and devices
First get a board, on which all board parts are mounted. You could buy such a thing cheaply from the remnants of cut in the hardware store. If you already have all the materials, then you may need the following devices and utensils for the assembly:
- Cordless Screwdriver
- abrasive paper
- double sided tape
DIY busy board ideas
A socket does not necessarily have to fit on the busy board. Of course, the parents decide that. Light switches, door knobs, locks, carabiners and zippers are among the most popular components of an activity board.
Fun for little world explorers
Busy board with magnets
Children's toys can also be attached to the busy board
Mirror is still an interesting idea
That's how you learn the numbers
Anything can be on an activity board
Sew the activity cover for the board
Cut objects out of felt
Get to know different textures
Sewing children's and baby toys – simple soft toys made of felt
While dads are busy with a busy board, the mums can sit down on the sewing machine and sew a few fun soft toys made of felt. To sew a cool children's toy, you need simple sewing skills and a lot of imagination. Get the following as necessary materials:
- Felt in different colors,
- Sewing needle and thread (for hand sewing)
- Paper and pencil (for patterns)
Sew imaginative creations out of felt
DIY baby toys to cuddle
First, you can draw your imagination on the sheet and create a pattern. Place it on the fabric and cut the fabric with a centimeter seam allowance. Create the face. You can cut out eyes and other parts of the face from felt and simply stick them on with the hot glue gun. Then sew the back and front together and leave an opening through which you can fill the creation with cotton wool. Then close the opening and you're done!
It's quick and easy
Don't limit your creativity!
Animals, letters, fruits and vegetables – everything. what you can think of can be sewn from felt. Have fun doing it and delight your child with cool and unique DIY toys!
Sew the felt lion by hand
Underwater world: felt fish
Complicated fruit made of felt for advanced users