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post #101 of 358
DH just made a needle felted doll for dd.

I make crocheted animals, etc.

A Big water or orange juice container filled with lentils or beans becomes a rattle.

dd (7 mo) like to play with spoons, so she has one of our metal spoons
post #102 of 358
I just remembered that I did make some play money for Hope out of blank index cards for her grocery shopping cart.

Another thing I've done is save old food containers (mustard, vitamin bottles, shampoo, etc.) for her grocery cart. It's nice to have the variety. Also if some of the cheap cardboard containers that came with the grocery cart get wrecked we have replacements.
post #103 of 358
Oh, I thought of another thing I've done...

I saved a few of the cake decorating sprinkles bottles, cleaned them out (and just left the labels on), and put a bit of glitter in one, bugle beads in another, and sequins in a third. I superglued the tops on, and let the kids use them as seasoning shakers for their play kitchen/restaurant etc.
post #104 of 358
My kids are grown now and the last one just moved out (17 years old). But I made so much stuff for them over the years and they had few other toys for a good number of their early years.

I'll try to remember some:
baby quilts and wall quilts (one for each child)
winter bunting
fur slippers (we lived in the north country then)
other sewn quilted slippers
crocheted sweaters
bunting dolls and waldorf dolls
stilts made from cans
bandabouts
sewing cards
nesting cans
dollhouse dolls and little people
dollhouse furniture and rugs and such
all their halloween costumes
knitted ducks
pop up doll (wooden dowel pushes the doll up from inside a cone)
puppets
play scarves
a playstand
felt board
puzzle ball
knitted balls
felt patchwork balls
memory game from lids from frozen juice cans
playdough
stuffed animals
roving fairies/angels
magic wands
rainbow ribbon streamers
felt shooting stars (filled with beans and a ribbon tail)
button spinners

Basically if I saw it in a catalog, I made it because we had very little money.

And the one thing that's still in use (although last Christmas might have been the last year) is a felt Santa sewn on muslin Advent calendar. I got the pattern from a Woman's Day or Family Circle in 1988. It's very simple but Santa's bag has 24 little ribbon loops attached. Each loop gets a little something. In our house, it gets hung up around Thanksgiving or when the Xmas stuff is unearthed, but December 1 when the kids wake up it has been filled by the elves with little wrapped treats. A couple of tough years I was panicking around November 1 trying to gather inexpensive little things, but usually I'd find things all year long and save them. Last year, with everyone grown, I just bought one bag of 12 chocolate truffles and something else simliar and wrapped them up and tied them on. No real surprises, but candy is always a treat, so no one minded that the "elves" were getting worn out!

Now I'm working on new things and saving them in a "Grandma Box." No little ones on the way yet, but I'm going to be ready with the most magical grandma's house ever!
post #105 of 358

Doll quilt

I just finished making a doll quilt for my DD (okay, she's only 3 MO, but she'll love it eventually! ) and a matching doll quilt for my best girlfriend's DD. They're super-easy and you can get cheap fabric by picking up fat quarters in the quilting section of your local fabric store!

Other homemade toys I love (most from when I was a little girl as I haven't had many opportunities to make toys for my first child yet)...

* My mom knit a bunny and a dog for my DD. Super cute and made with love!
* When I was a little girl I used to make a purse and everything to go into it with paper and string. This is more of a craft project but it was so much fun!
* My mom made puppets on popsicle sticks by cutting out photos of us and our stuffed animals. She'd glue them to the sticks and we'd have puppet shows or just use our imaginations!
* Flower press – you can do this with some heavy books and thick paper. I loved collecting and pressing flowers when I was a little girl
post #106 of 358
You can find some really beautiful wild flowers in northern CA. My kids used to pick flowers in the forests and press them in our dictionary. We made Christmas cards with them one year.
post #107 of 358
does anyone have ideas for tub toys??
post #108 of 358
how about homemade bath crayons? You can do melt and pour soaps i think, and add food coloring (you might do a google search for this to double check that it doesnt leave stains but every experience I've heard has been good)
post #109 of 358
One of the things I've made that has got the most creative use is fabric covered foam blocks. The foam came as the packaging from something and I just wrapped each piece up like a present with fabric and hand stitched the seams. I'm not too sure about the healthiness of the foam but you could maybe get some from an upholsterer who could tell you if the foam is treated with fire retardants. Our blocks are each about 8x5x4 or so.
post #110 of 358
I just finished sewing 2 cloth balls - the kind you blow up a balloon in. They used to have them at Magic Cabin and I got one on clearance awhile ago. I just traced a wedge - it's 5 rainbow colors like orange slices - and the end hexagons, cut them from some really bright linen I had cut down from a bunch of linen dresses I got at the thrift store (they were unbelievably bright colors), and sewed them up.

One end has a bit of a flap, so you insert a balloon and blow it up. That makes a safe in the house ball and a no-choking ballon to play with.

Sorry I don't have a camera. But it look just like a cloth ball. Just without stuffing.
post #111 of 358
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I just finished sewing 2 cloth balls - the kind you blow up a balloon in. They used to have them at Magic Cabin and I got one on clearance awhile ago. I just traced a wedge - it's 5 rainbow colors like orange slices - and the end hexagons, cut them from some really bright linen I had cut down from a bunch of linen dresses I got at the thrift store (they were unbelievably bright colors), and sewed them up.

One end has a bit of a flap, so you insert a balloon and blow it up. That makes a safe in the house ball and a no-choking ballon to play with.

Sorry I don't have a camera. But it look just like a cloth ball. Just without stuffing.
those sound neat! I'd love to find a pattern for that to make my DCs
post #112 of 358
Found these links

www.specialneedstoys.com (and search for balloon ball)
http://mars.ark.com/~ctcarctr/balloon/balloon.html (made in canada but no photos)

Not the same, but the same idea.I wish I had a camera then you could see how easy it is. But here's how you can make one easily:

You can blow up a 9" or 11" balloon to see about how big it is. If you have a similar sized bouncing ball (I think a soccor ball size would do) you could pencil draw sections like orange wedges on it. Make 5 even ones. Those are your side pieces. Make a tracing of one for a pattern piece and add a 1/4 inch for sewing. Sew them together side to side, sew one end shut and sew the other end with a small opening. You slip the ballon inside the opening and blow it up inside the cloth ball. Tie the balloon shut and you have a cloth balloon ball!
post #113 of 358
There are so many great ideas in this thread!
post #114 of 358
Thanks!

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Originally Posted by rabbithorns View Post
Found these links

www.specialneedstoys.com (and search for balloon ball)
http://mars.ark.com/~ctcarctr/balloon/balloon.html (made in canada but no photos)

Not the same, but the same idea.I wish I had a camera then you could see how easy it is. But here's how you can make one easily:

You can blow up a 9" or 11" balloon to see about how big it is. If you have a similar sized bouncing ball (I think a soccor ball size would do) you could pencil draw sections like orange wedges on it. Make 5 even ones. Those are your side pieces. Make a tracing of one for a pattern piece and add a 1/4 inch for sewing. Sew them together side to side, sew one end shut and sew the other end with a small opening. You slip the ballon inside the opening and blow it up inside the cloth ball. Tie the balloon shut and you have a cloth balloon ball!
post #115 of 358
Playmat questions--
Hi, ladies, I haven't logged on in months and today when I did, there was a ton of messages asking about the car/playmat I posted her months ago. To answer you all-- I used primed canvas by the yard that I ordered from Dick Blick on line. It is a little hard to find on their site:


http://www.dickblick.com/zz073/09/
I used regular acrylic paints and Sharpies. I got the idea from Family Fun magazine:

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and...&craftid=11343


The change that I made to their directions is that I used pre-primed canvas so it is stiff and doesn't bunch when the child plays on it, plus, I didn't have to finish the edges. They've never unraveled and still look nice.
It took awhile to make, but it gets used everyday. I just leave it out like a rug in ds's room. It is 2 years old now and still looks great, no fading or chipping. I want to see everyone's mats!
post #116 of 358
can you machine wash it?
post #117 of 358
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does anyone have ideas for tub toys??
Ultralight Sculpey (bakeable clay) floats. We're going to make some boats from that, and there's been a request for a mermaid.
post #118 of 358
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can you machine wash it?
was that question for me?

I haven't tried to machine wash it, I just wipe it with a sponge.
post #119 of 358
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Originally Posted by Flor View Post
was that question for me?

I haven't tried to machine wash it, I just wipe it with a sponge.
It was sorry I forgot to quote you. So cool, sponge wiping is even better!!
post #120 of 358
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I love the play mat idea! I'll be using that for DS's birthday next year. (He's about to turn 2.)
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