If you are like most people, you would love to make sure your child has access to all of the fun things in life, and you would love to save some money. A child’s job is to play and every kid needs toys, but what if you can save money by making some toys and activities yourself? Sounds like a great deal!
We would love to share some of our favorite DIY toys so that you can save some money and have a happy kid.
Kinetic Sand and Moon Sand
Kinetic sand is a lot of fun, it is sand that you can play with and acts like damp sand. When it is compressed, it holds shape and melts away when released. It is easy to shape and make into castles, forts, or anything that your child can imagine. It brushes off hands easily and entertains kids for hours. It costs anywhere from 10-20 dollars per pound in the store and you can easily make it for much less. You can buy a 50 pound bag of play sand at most hardware stores for under 4 dollars. If you want to make a big batch, pour 50 pounds of play sand in a large storage tub and mix in 6 cups of cornstarch. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap into about six cups of water. Mix in the water, adding more until you’ve reached the right consistency. You may want to add some tea tree oil for antibacterial purposes. Now you have a LOT of kinetic sand. You can keep it all and make landscapes, racecar tracks, and dinosaur battlegrounds or you can keep ten pounds and give the rest away to friends with kids. It makes a great gift and you will save a lot of money!
Moon sand or Cloud Dough is similar to kinetic sand, but has slightly different properties. It tends to be a bit messier, so it’s a good outdoor activity. It can be molded into shapes and it is very crumbly and soft. Moon sand is made out of flour and baby oil, so it is very soothing, but not too sticky or slimy. Make this with 4 cups of plain flour and ½ cup baby oil. Add food coloring or essential oils to add to the sensory experience. Keep this in an airtight container and it can be played with again and again.
Glow in the dark Sidewalk Chalk
Make beautiful, fun, summery glow in the dark sidewalk chalks at home with only 3 ingredients. You can buy 4 pounds for under $5, which adds up to a lot of sidewalk chalk. You will also need glow in the dark paint in multiple colors. You can get this at most hobby stores for around $6 for a multi-color pack. Mix a squirt of the paint in with water in a bucket. It shouldn’t take too much to make it a bright color. After you have the color you want, mix in Plaster of Paris until you reach a thick, but wet consistency. Press this mixture into ice trays, give it a bit of pressure to hold its shape. You can use silicone molds or spray a very thin layer of cooking spray in your ice tray to prevent sticking. Let the chalk sit overnight and gently remove from the molds. Hold the chalk up to a light before using to get really good glow when coloring.
Giant Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wands
Giant bubble wands cost about $12 at most stores. Make your own wand to make giant bubbles with a quick trip to the hardware store. All you need is two ¾ inch dowel rods that are around 1 foot long. Screw an eye hook into the end of each wand, they should have a small opening. Cut two pieces of string, one should be about 18 inches long, and the other twice that length. Tie each end of the short string onto the eyehooks, they should now look like nunchucks. Tie one end of the long string onto one eyehook and slide a washer onto the string and tie the other end to the other dowel rod. That’s it, you have a giant bubble wand, now you need the bubbles!
Mix six cups of water with ½ cup dish soap, ½ cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 tablespoon glycerin. You can find glycerin at most pharmacies in the beauty section, it’s about 7 dollars for a bottle. Try not to stir up too many bubbles when mixing the ingredients. Pour them into a bucket or pan and start making your giant bubbles.
Save money by Making these Fun Toys at Home
You can save money and have a lot of family fun by making these fun toys at home today!