Want to make toys yourself? Here are a ton of ideas for homemade toys for kids and toddlers that you can start making today!
Kids accumulate a lot of toys (that’s why I push for giving kids experiences as gifts!)
If you’re sick of buying plastic junk – or just want to make something with your own hands, DIY toys are a great idea for a gift for kids of any age!
Handmade kids toys ideas
Handmade kids toys generally fall into one of a few categories:
- Wooden toys
- Sewn toys
- Dolls, doll furniture, doll clothes, doll accessories
- Busy board and activity type toys
- Puzzles & games
Be sure to check out my list of 26 DIY wooden toys for kids, too!
Handmade toys as gifts
Handmade toys are a great gift idea for toddlers and kids. Gifts that are made with love by family members and friends will carry special meaning and memories for decades to come!
Homemade toys for kids
I have rounded up a ton of easy toys to make! I hope that these DIY toy ideas inspire you to get crafting!
Homemade toys for kids
Here are a TON of ideas for homemade toys that you can make for your kids or for gifts!
DIY Foldable Pikler Triangle – with Printable PDF Plans!
This pikler triangle is a great climbing toy for busy toddlers and can be used indoors or out.
How to make a DIY Magic Tissue Box for Babies
Babies and toddlers LOVE pulling things out of boxes! This magic tissue box is a simple but well loved toy in our house.
DIY toddler workbench plans
Do your kiddos love to bang tools? Make them their own work bench!
DIY Pikler Climbing Arch – with printable PDF plans!
Here's another climber - but this one can be flipped and used as a rocker, too!
DIY wooden toy tool set
These DIY kids tools can be paired with the above work bench or used on their own for fun imaginative play!
DIY wooden toy barn
If your kids love animals, they will love this simple wooden barn!
How to build a DIY dollhouse bookshelf
Any kid who loves both dolls AND books will go wild for this dollhouse bookshelf!
Things to Sew for a Baby Nursery
Here is a whole collection of ideas to sew for baby gifts, including a rattle cloud, blankets and cloths, shoes, a shaker cube, and a flying squirrel lovie!
How to build a DIY Mini Picnic Table – FREE printable plans
This DIY mini picnic table is sized for American Girl dolls or for large stuffed animals!
Easy DIY play tent – with PDF woodworking plans!
Kids who love to read will be really excited to curl up in this wooden tent!
Easy DIY Sit & Spin Toy – Tutorial & Video
Let's get dizzy with this awesome handmade sit and spinner!
DIY Lego Table : Upcycling Project
Kids who are obsessed with legos need somewhere to store them and somewhere awesome to play. This is a great DIY upcycle option!
DIY Play Kitchen for Kids – Easy Build Plan
Kids love to cook? Build them this DIY play kitchen!
DIY wooden balancing stones
These balancing stones are super simple to make and can be made simpler for toddlers or more difficult for older kids!
Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag and Accessories (Dolly Diapers, Wipes Case, Changemat & Bib)
Kids love their dolls? Sew them a doll diaper bag!
DIY Li'l Woodzeez Play Rug
Here's how to make an awesome play rug!
DIY Tic Tac Toe Game
This tic tac toe game makes me think of sitting on a front porch on a hot day with my grandma! A super sweet gift idea.
Scrap Wood Toy Dinosaur
Woodworkers will enjoy making a simple scrap wood dinosaur for kids of any age.
Tabletop Cornhole Game Build Plans
Kids who love cornhole will love this mini indoor version!
Bean Bags for Bean Bag Toss
A great tutorial on sewing bean bags for lots of kids games or activities!
American Girl Knock-Off Balance Beam (How To)
American Girl lovers take note - here's a tutorial for how to make a doll balance beam!
Hexaflexagon: How To Make An Infinity Loop
It doesn't get much more low-budget than this - a fun origami toy!
DIY Felt Dolphin With Free Template
This dolphin is so precious and great for imaginative play.
How to Sew Tiny Cloth Pocket Dolls
These tiny dolls would be easy enough to sew for all the grandkids or nieces and nephews!
DIY Felt Gingerbread House Decorating Toy Tutorial
How fun is this felt gingerbread house toy for the holiday season!
How to Make a Cardboard Toy Car
I am super impressed by this handmade car - could you believe it's made from cardboard?!
Free Stuffed Alligator Sewing Pattern
Sew this alligator for a chomping good gift idea!
Make a Wooden Toy for Kids
This is a stacking/counting wooden toy that's perfect for smaller hands.
Mini Felt Mermaid Softie + Free Pattern
So many kids love mermaids! They'd love these homemade sewn mermaid toys!
Make a Kids Matching Game
This is the perfect game to make and take to restaurants or on car rides to keep kids busy.
How To Make A Felt Whale with Free Pattern
Something about this whale's spout really made me smile!
DIY Felt Car Mat You Can Customize (No-Sew Option Included)
A great idea for car loving kids - make them this felt play mat for roads to drive their cars on!
DIY Travel Playset- Toys On The Go Activities For Kids
This is a great option for a homemade gift for a kid - A travel set to use for imaginative play!
DIY Balance Scales for Toddlers and Preschoolers – Go Science Kids
This is super simple - use cups and a hanger to make "scales" - but a great learning toy for kids!
DIY Painted Puzzle for Kids
Brush off your paint brush and make a fun wooden puzzle for the kid in your life!
What are your favorite homemade toy ideas?!
Thanks for reading!