Kids love toys and it doesn’t matter how many of them they have, they still keep asking for more. Toys have a big role in their development. Each and every toy has a very special place in our children’s heart.
I remember how in school we were taught to make handmade toys, toys made out of rags, old socks, and old material lying around the house and knitted toys. I thought of making the same with my kids. The project would be interesting for sure, it will bring out their imagination and creativity plus we can have a good craft to do over the weekend.
When I suggested my kids that we can make our toys at home, they could not believe at first. For them toys can only bought from the market. So, we decided that we will make our own toys at home and have lots and lots of fun while making them and playing with them.
Old Socks Toys
Toys made out of old socks are very simple and easy to make. For this we used old socks, markers, rags, material to stuff inside like old foam, sponge pieces, cotton, rags etc.
For this doll, we took two pair of socks. One sock to make the body and one for the dress. Here is how we made it:
We took an old piece of cloth of skin colour, kept some foam in it and gave it the shape of a ball. I stitched it to make the face. My daughter made the features with a marker.
For the body, we took a sock, cut the part which covers the leg. I stitched it from below and let the kids fill it with foam pieces. After filling the sock piece, I stitched the head and body together. I cut the remaining piece of sock into half, filled it with foam and stitched it to form the arms. I joined the arms with the body. My daughters had a great time in dressing the doll with rags.
My daughters are crazy about Peppa Pig and George Pig. They asked me whether we can make them too.
We tried to make Mr Dinosaur with an old sock.
For this, we traced the drawing of Mr Dinosaur on a sheet of paper. I cut the socks in the shape of Mr Dinosaur and stitched it. We filled it up with cotton wool. We used old black cloth pieces to give the shape of arms and legs, filled it up with cotton and joined it. The teeth were made by using laces and eyes with a black button.
How about a mom and a baby doll? We used an old cardboard box and covered it with cloth to make our own doll house.
Hand knitted Toys and Finger Puppets
When my daughters showed their toys to their grandmother, she joined the fun too and made hand knitted finger puppets and toys for them.
These are the various knitted finger puppets for our finger family song. Can you see that there is George Pig too and Nariyal Anna from Art Attack? Not to forget Kung Foo Panda.
These hand knitted dolls can be used as finger puppets as well as any other dolls to play with.
We made Peppa Pig too. The knitting part can be done by an adult and stuffing part can be done by the kids.
What to do when you have pieces of old cloth lying around? We made rag toys. Just cut the cloth piece in the shape of the toy you want and fill it up with cloth pieces. With a few stitches, it’s done.
Benefits of Home Made Toys
I must say we had hours of fun and learning too while making these toys. There are several benefits of this activity:
- Children can use them as puppets or like toys for make belief playing. We can also make our own toys for storytelling.
- These toys are very safe to use. There is no hazardous material used in it. These are not plastic. Even if the child puts it in his mouth, there is no harm.
- These are very cost friendly. Toys these days are very expensive and make a hole in our pockets. Home-made toys save money.
- These are also a good craft activity for kids. Kids not only enjoy making them but also learn a lot.
- Toy making saves plenty of screen time. Kids get involved in a constructive activity and get some time off from the screens.
- Kids lean to value and save money. They get to learn that they can save money and buying innumerable toys leads to a waste of money.
- These toys are very environment friendly. Plastic toys are extremely hazardous. We are extremely worried while using plastic toys as kids might put them in their mouth and also they are unsafe for the environment. These toys are biodegradable also based on the principles of the 4 R’s- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
So, go ahead and enjoy this fun activity with your kid during the Christmas holidays. No more getting bored or being glued to the TV. This activity is sure to give you endless fun and learning too.