Toddler Tuesday: Free & Easy Toddler Toys

You don’t have to be around a toddler for long to realize that the price you pay for their toys does not matter to them.  They unwrap a toy, and then show greater delight in the toy’s packaging!  They also disregard their own toys to dig through your personal belongings when you’re not looking.  What’s a parent to do?

Here are a few suggestions for some free and easy toddler toys.  No assembly required!

  1. Empty Plastic Spice Containers make an excellent addition to your toddler’s kitchen set.
  2. An Empty Dish Soap Bottle and Plastic Cups make great bath tub toys!
  3. Try the Oatmeal Container Toy I made recently for Naomi.  (Okay, some assembly required).
  4. Paper and A Pen can be used for coloring when you forget her crayons and coloring books.
  5. Disposable Paper/Plastic Cups can be used for stacking, noise-making, or lining-up.
  6. Empty Canisters can be used for emptying and filling.
  7. Empty Plastic Peanut Butter Jars can be used for screwing and unscrewing.
  8. Pots, Pans, Bowls, and Spoons are great for noise-making.
  9. Old Clothes are perfect for dress-ups.
  10. Wine Corks can be used as paint stamps for little fingers.
  11. Cardboard Boxes are ready-made houses, treasure-chests, hiding places, and more.
  12. Blankets, Table Clothes, and Place Mats can be used for picnics and forts.

In the photos above, Naomi pulled out our place mats, designating each one a bed for one of our family members or friends.  She walked around the room telling me who was sleeping on each bed.  Many of them also had an unpopped bag of popcorn to munch on.

What kinds of free and easy toys does your toddler enjoy?

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9 Responses to “Toddler Tuesday: Free & Easy Toddler Toys”

  1. Becca G says:

    throwing pillows on the floor make an instant bounce house!

  2. Okay not entirely free unless you have everything on hand (which I did) but when Lucy was about 16 months she had a fascination with my wallet (still does actually). I took an old wallet of mine, traced one of my bank cards onto different coloured card stock, stuck stickers on them and laminated. She then had her own wallet with lots of cards to pull out and put back in and I wasn’t stressing over losing an important card!

  3. Susannah says:

    Paint brushes and rollers (can be old!) and a bucket of water for “painting” outside! Stringing macaroni (and other shapes with holes) on yarn. Old plastic Easter eggs for color matching and taking apart and putting together. And keep your eyes open for free “stickers” often found in junk mail, circulars, from the grocery store, etc.

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