Shop Toys Age 5+ by Maryann Loya
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If you are a mother, chances are you have seen this scenario more than once. It is your child’s birthday party and after they open their presents, they are far more interested in the box it came in than the present itself. Kids seem to love playing with household items; they are curious about new objects in the house and want to discover what they are.

For these naturally curious kids, why not make some great DIY toys for babies or toddlers using supplies you probably already have around the house? These toys are easy to make, safe, and will pique your son or daughter’s interest. The toys also help in developing motor skills or teaching your child while they play. Best yet, they are encouraged to use their imagination, which is very important. Involve your child in the building process for even more quality time together and watch the magic happen.

Bottle Bowling Set


  • 10 recycled plastic water bottles
  • 10 bottles of craft paint
  • 1 Ball


Start by rinsing the water bottles to clean them out of any debris. Next, take your paint using any colors you would like and squeeze a bit of paint in to the bottom of the bottle. If your paint is thick, add about 1 tablespoon of water to make it a little more watery. Put the lid back on the bottles and shake them to spread the paint all around (your kids will get a kick out of this step.) Pour out any paint or water and then let the bottles dry, usually overnight.

When the bottles are dry, put the lids back on and set up the bottles to bowl. Your kids will love this activity and you will save money and recycle.


Bottle Jet Pack


  • 2 plastic 2-liter bottles
  • Spray paint
  • 1 piece of cardboard
  • Ribbon
  • Crepe paper


Start by spray painting the bottles silver just like rockets, then let them dry. Next, secure the bottles on the piece of cardboard so they rest next to each other and use the ribbon to create straps that will fasten the rocket around your child’s shoulders. Then use the crepe paper to create flames out of the bottles.

Encourage your child to use their imagination and pretend they are flying to space, or wherever they may wish to go.

Coffee Bean Slot Machine


  • 1 empty coffee bean canister
  • Bright craft paper
  • Small metal food lids
  • Glue
  • Scissors


Take the coffee bean canister and clean it out. Next, take the bright colored paper and use it to decorate the outside, securing with the glue. Cut a slit in the top of the coffee bean canister. Take the small metal lids and cover with paper and number from 1 to 5.

Encourage your child to put the “money” in to the slot and remove it, also using the numbers for counting.

Each of these homemade toys for toddler and infants are easy to make and will bring out the best in your child’s imagination. Have fun and don’t forget to join in on the adventure!

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