Once upon a time, I talked about how we dealt with toys when it came to moving across the world. Well, we since have moved across the world, and while we did bring a fair amount of toys with us, there have been other things we've had to improvise. And honestly, there is something so satisfying about creating something for your family. And it can be a mama sanity saver.
Ok, so I wanted to show you some of my favorite toys we've made since we moved here. I am trying to pick examples of things that don't need a lot of fancy craft supplies or specially items because I know we are all living in places where these sort of things can be hard to find. So here we go, my favorite homemade toys...
We made Quinn's (our baby) swing just a couple of weeks after we got here. He was about 4 months old when we made it and he still loves it 10 months later. It was really quite simple to make (I only sew straight lines!) Here's a bit more description of the swing and a link to the tutorial I used within the story.
For Christmas we made the big boys traditional rope and board swings. And they love them as well. These are so straight forward, a board, some holes and some rope.
And don't judge me because my kids swing over cement. About the only trees in our yard are banana trees and those are more like an overgrown stalks and so they wouldn't be able to hold up a little boy pretending he's superman.
Ok, so you all being super missionary moms already know not to overlook things like delapaded jeeps as a great clubhouse! This one was in a friend's garage here in Costa Rica and it was a favorite hang out for all the missionary kids...I have to say, it is my dream car and it makes the coolest clubhouse EVER!!
We had a despidida (a going away party) for a family at our house in June and there were 15 kids 10 and under at this part. We had to have some sort of activity otherwise we were all going to lose our minds. So we got creative and make some great outdoor games like slingshots with paper wads and tin cans, tarp toss with rice bags and an old tarp and ring toss. And shhhh, don't tell anyone, but I pretty much made all of it out of garbage.
Ok, so how about you? What awesome toys have you or your kids come up with? Are there local toys that delight or dismay you?
More Kids on the Field Series