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How to Make a Toy at Home

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Making toys at home not only saves you money, but it also provides you with an opportunity to have some fun with your kids. Additionally, it affects your children positively by helping them develop their fine motor skills, boost their attention span, and reveal their creative potential.

5-Minute Crafts invites you to choose from these 9 toys that will help you to make your family leisure time a little more diverse.

1. The inflatable bunny

You will need:

  • A rubber glove

  • A cup

  • A marker

  • A straw

  • A rubber band

  • Small decorative eyes (you can use a marker here)

  • Glue

  • Scissors

How to do it:

  1. Place a glove in front of you. Glue the glove’s little finger and thumb together. Bend the ring finger back and glue it the way it’s shown in the photo.

  2. Draw a bunny’s face at the base of the index and middle fingers. Glue on the eyes. If you don’t have any, draw them on with a regular marker.

  3. Put the glove on top of the cup. Secure it with a rubber band.

  4. Make a small hole at the bottom part of the cup about 1 inch to 1.5 inches above the bottom. Insert the straw into it.

  5. Ask your child to blow into the straw and watch together as the bunny grows.

2. The floating cloud

You will need:

  • A plastic bottle

  • A straw

  • A cotton ball

  • Scissors

  • An awl (or you can use a red-hot nail)

How to do it:

  1. Cut off the top part of a plastic bottle.

  2. Pierce the cap with the awl or the red-hot nail.

  3. Insert the straw into the hole that you’ve made.

  4. Turn over the construction for the bottle cap to be at the bottom. Put a cotton ball inside the plastic funnel.

  5. Give the toy to the child. When they blow into the straw, the cotton ball will float.

3. Soap bubbles

You will need:

  • A plastic bottle

  • Mesh

  • Duct tape

  • Scissors

  • Soap

  • Water

  • A bowl

How to do it:

  1. Take a plastic bottle and cut off the bottom with scissors.

  2. Put the mesh on the hole. Secure it with duct tape.

  3. Make soapy water in the bowl.

  4. Let the child dip the mesh into the soapy water and ask them to blow into the neck of the bottle. You will see dozens of soap bubbles appear immediately.

4. Spinning sun

You will need:

  • Paper

  • A marker

  • Scissors

  • A match or a toothpick

  • A box

  • A straw

How to do it:

  1. Draw a circle on the paper and then another one around it. Draw lines between them that resemble rays.

  2. Cut each ray with scissors. Then fold them diagonally.

  3. Draw a face in the circle. Then stick on a match for its nose.

  4. Fix the sun you’ve made on the box with the help of the same match.

  5. Ask your child to spin the sun by blowing on it with a straw.

5. Sticking trap

You will need:

  • A hoop

  • Duct tape

  • Scissors

  • Paper or tissues

How to do it:

  1. Hang the hoop in a place where it will be easy for you to play in.

  2. Attach duct tape randomly to it.

  3. Make small balls out of paper or tissues.

  4. Arrange a competition with your child. Throw the balls from a distance of several steps and see who can hit the target more often.

6. Balloon-catapult

You will need:

  • A balloon

  • A plastic bag

  • Scissors

  • A straw

  • Duct tape

How to do it:

  1. Take the balloon and cut off its base.

  2. Cut off the corner of the plastic bag, then cut off its tip and make a fringe out of the remaining part.

  3. Secure the balloon on one end of the straw and the plastic bag on the other with the help of duct tape.

  4. To make the balloon catapult and fly, your child should inflate it through the straw and release it sharply.

7. The “roll the ball into the hole” game

You will need:

  • A box

  • A marker pen

  • A cutter

  • A balloon

How to do it:

  1. Take the box lid and turn it over.

  2. Draw a funny face or anything else on the lid.

  3. Choose a place on the drawing and cut out a hole that will be slightly bigger than the ball.

  4. Put the lid on the box with the drawing looking up. Rip the corners of the box slightly for this.

  5. Place the ball into the lid and watch your child roll it into the hole.

8. Flying dragon

You will need:

  • Paper

  • A marker

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • A clothespin

How to do it:

  1. Draw the future parts of the dragon on the paper. Their size should depend on the size of your clothespin. Cut them out.

  2. Starting from the part showing the body, glue all the cutouts to the clothespin.

  3. When the glue dries, the dragon can fly to faraway lands.

9. Spinner

You will need:

  • An empty bobbin from the duct tape roll

  • Cardboard

  • Colored paper

  • Chopsticks

  • A screwdriver

  • Colored duct tape

  • Glue

  • An elastic band

How to do it:

  1. Glue pieces of cardboard to 2 sides of the bobbin. They should fit the bobbin’s size and shape.

  2. Decorate the cardboard with colored paper. Choose the color and shape to your liking.

  3. Pierce the center of the circle with a screwdriver from both sides.

  4. Decorate the sides of the bobbin with the colored duct tape.

  5. Break the chopstick in half. Insert one half of the stick with the rounded end into the central hole. Grind down the sharp end. Secure the stick with glue.

  6. Take the elastic band and roll it around the bobbin — hold the end and spool the remaining part.

  7. To make the spinner spin, pull the loose end of the elastic sharply and release the toy.

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