Homemade toys are a thing of the past. In this day and age, we go to big stores to buy expensive, plastic, battery powered playthings that barely keep our kids amused for five minutes.
My husband put it best:Plastic toys are sold later at a garage sale, but handmade toys are a part of your family history that you hold onto forever.
Personal and Interactive
The absolute BEST thing about any handmade gift is how personalized it is. When it comes to toys, I make them to suit the child's interests and level of development. I find I can do this better than any other educational toy on the market because I know my child best!
The children's felt board is a great way to keep a kid entertained for hours with a theme that they really enjoy. Although it won't ever last long enough to become an heirloom, playdough is enjoyed by kids of all ages. Playdough is a wonderfully flexible toy that can become dinosaurs one day and a village of houses the next! Simply put, homemade toys are cheap, inexpensive and keep wee ones engaged better than the TV.
I am personally looking forward to seeing the looks on my kids' faces this Christmas as they open the gifts I have made for them. I take pride in knowing the amount of time, effort and care that went into each gift I made. Best of all, I know that I am giving a quality gift that will be treasured by my children for years to come.
Who knows? Maybe one day, my grandkids will be enjoying these same gifts!
Handmade Toys How-To
Children's Felt Board
An interactive and easy to make Christmas gift that will leave lots of money left over for you to pay for your child's college education!
Felt Food - Donuts, Cakes and Cupcakes
Need a good, homemade Valentine, Easter or Christmas gift to make? Here's a tutorial for delightful felt food - felt donuts, cupcakes and cakes that look almost good enough to eat!
Handmade Baby Book
A super soft and squishy baby book made from felt with cute pictures a little one will love to look at again and again.
An inexpensive homemade holiday gift that will keep kids entertained for hours. Wrap it thoughtfully in a homemade drawstring bag and you have a truly unique Christmas gift...or Easter gift...or birthday gift!
Noah's Ark Pillow Pattern
A collection of three stuffies all wait snugly in the pocket of Noah's Ark for the flood waters to subside. The animals are hand sewn and lightly stuffed for an irresistible look and feel!
A quiet book is a perfect gift to make for any child. Here's a simple how-to with lots of inspiration so that you can go ahead and make one of your own!
Return from Homemade Toys to Homemade Holiday Gifts
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