9 Exciting DIY Toys

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Want the excitement of a project to continue once the craft is completed? Try these great homemade toys for new ideas and lots more fun!

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Homemade Periscope

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Make a periscope with milk cartons and mirrors! This preschool activity is great for playing secret agent and learning simple physics.

Tin Can Phone

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Tin can phones offer something modern versions don't - a fun project to make with a friend, and a dramatic illustration of vibration and sound waves.

Make Your Own Horse

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Whether your child wants to be a cowboy or a princess, this homemade horse prop is perfect to use in all sorts of imaginative play!

Easy Tubescope

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Here's an arts and crafts activity for your preschool or pre-kindergarten child: make a tubescope out of a cardboard tube and colored and wax paper!

Paper Cup Maracas

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Maracas are most commonly found in music around the world. Introduce your child to percussion and rhythm with this easy-to-make instrument.

Make Your Own Rainstick

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There's no need to hunt down a cactus for this rainstick craft. In fact, you can recycle items you probably already have on hand.

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Homemade Castanets

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There's no need to buy musical instruments when you can make your own castanets in less time than it takes to click your way through a percussive song.

Alphabet Blocks

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Create your own set of alphabet blocks: you can make just a few or all 26.

Homemade Rocket Ship

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Make a roaring rocket ship toy out of a paper towel roll and some tissue paper.

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