Save Money, Make These Toys

I was reading Parent Hacks today, and found a great post on how to keep your kids entertained this winter without spending money. The idea presented was to make your own bowling set.

Here’s how: take empty juice or water bottles, and fill them partially full with uncooked beans (ultra cheap!). Just fill them up to about 1/3 full, enough to weight down the bottom. Use any decent-sized ball (such as a foam Nerf soccer ball) to knock over the pins.

We have one of those toy bowling sets at home, with 10 colorful pins and 2 black plastic bowling balls. It probably cost $20 at Toys’R’Us. I don’t really remember. But come on … how hard is it to take a bunch of empty water bottles and partially fill it with beans (or rice, or rocks, or sand). Parent Hacks says to tape the lids on. I say GLUE the lids on so your kids don’t pour out beans on your carpet.

Now you have a toy that is cheap and reliable. Kids LOVE playing with these types of homemade toys, and they really don’t notice that it didn’t come from a store.

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2 Responses to Save Money, Make These Toys

  1. Tantrum Toddlers Researcher October 23, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    That’s right. Actually, child plays whatever you gave them and they don’t care how cheap the toy is. All important is he is enjoying and at the same time, he develops himself.

  2. Brian M. Connole November 15, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    My child will play with a broken $5.00 motorcycle before he any other toy in his playroom! Go figure. Thanks for the great post. Keep up the great work.

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