Learning how to make baby toys out of everyday household items can be a lifesaver for any parent of an infant. The older babies get the more curious they become and the easier it gets for them to be bored with their everyday playthings. You do not need to spend a lot of time and money running out to buy new ones. Looking around your home, you will find plenty of things that will keep them just as interested and happy.
In the Kitchen
Search the drawers. One of the best places to look for household items that can be used as baby toys is in the kitchen. Connected plastic measuring spoons are a great alternative to colorful keys and stackable measuring cups can be used for stacking. Going through the drawers is sure to yield some great safe fun surprises.
Check out the cupboards. Plastic glasses are a great way for an older infant to practice pretend drinking. Putting objects such as pacifiers and small toys in the glasses and getting to pour them out and put them back in can be a fun activity.
Throw it all in the kitchen sink. Most children love water and, with your supervision, the kitchen sink can be a great play area. Spread some towels on the floor and/or counter tops for easy cleaning and have a blast. Put plastic or metal cups and bowls in the sink. Just filling up the cups and transferring the water from one to another can be hours of enjoyment to a child. Throw in a pot with a wooden spoon for drumming and you’re guaranteed to be a hit.
Give them old VHS cases to play with. Looking at the colorful graphics can keep an infant spellbound for awhile, they make a great sound when banged together and older babies can stack them and knock them over like blocks. They’re pretty durable so even letting them do this with newer ones will rarely ever do anything to the tapes contained inside.
Stack old plastic pots and planters of various sizes together. (Just make sure that there are not any cracks that could scrape soft skin or pinch little fingers.) Letting your infant put one inside the other helps teach them small to big and helps develop motor skills. Turning them upside down and grabbing a spoon from the kitchen gives them yet another noisy drum to play with.
Fill up a an old cloth makeup bag or purse with infant keys, pacifiers and other various items. Babies will love the surprise of taking items out and putting them back in. Shoeboxes and other product packaging works great for this too, just make sure that there is no plastic wrap that can fall off. Be careful to not let babies play with anything that is small enough to choke them or has small parts that could come of and do so.
Finally, a trick on how to make baby toys seem new again is to have two separate toy boxes. Put half of the child’s playthings in one to keep out and the other half in another one to put away somewhere. Every two weeks or so switch them out and they’ll seem like brand new.