With the Christmas season approaching it can all get a little out of hand with gift buying for our kids and those of our friends and family. I’ve noticed with my own children that they often play with the more unusual or homemade gifts just as much as, if not even more than, the extravagant store bought ones. DIY gifts are much cheaper, can be tailor made to suit a child’s particular interests and can be simple and quick to pull together at the last minute (great if you’ve forgotten that your child is going to a birthday party!)
Some of these are larger and will take longer to make, but most are very simple as I have a very short creative attention span (I like to make things very quickly or else I never finish them!) Some of these gifts are smaller and would make great stocking stuffers or take home gifts for parties. Click through to see the full post and tutorial for each idea, and find further ideas for how to use them in play.
[I’ve added some Amazon affiliate links to help you find some of the resources you will need.]
Light Box [use an old set of Christmas tree lights and buy yourself some new ones for this year!]
Dinosaur Small World in a Suitcase [Don’t have a suitcase? Use a show box!]
5 Speckled Frogs play set [Use real tree branches and twigs to cut the cost of buying play ones.]
Discovery Box Kits [Package the materials from any one of these 15 ideas into a little box ready for open-ended play!]
Sensory Tub (there are many to choose from in this list!) [Assemble it ready in a large tub for unwrapping and immediate play!]
Want some ideas of things you can buy too? Here are our most popular gift guides for kids:
Hope all these ideas are helpful! Do let me know what you choose to make !
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