Easy + Creative + Fun = Homemade Toys
Homemade toys are not just more economical alternatives to mass market toys, but can be so much more than what’s bought in the shops. The joy of making something – however simple – for your child to play with, to learn from, to remember when they grow up is priceless. Toys made from recycled or scrap material are also good for the environment our children will inherit. It’s also great to be diverse, to give a child many options to choose from and help nurture their independent taste and imagination – after all there are many cat toys that are not Hello Kitty. So for all the heart felt reasons, we have made this page dedicated to all our homemade toy projects.
We love homemade stuff and want to share with you our ideas for making toys at home – unique paper toys to print and make, simple templates for craft toys from home sourced materials and many other simple tutorials that don’t require printing. Woohoo!
Paper Dolls & Puppets
Meet our Cone Girls – a new kind of paper doll!
Recycle or transform household objects into fun toys with simple tutorials & helpful templates
My Paper World
Create your own play environment with Mr P’s My Paper World series!
Ancient and contemporary traditions, books and the internet are great resources for handmade toys.
One of our Big favorites is the old and now classic The Best of Making Things: A Hand Book of Creative Discovery by Ann Sayre Wiseman from 1973. It may not have stylish photographs (actually none at all. Instead everything is hand-drawn and hand-written) but you will find so many great ideas here. This wonderful book simply has a great spirit to which all us contemporary creatives aspire!
More resources will be updated soon…