Educational DIY Toys That Will Keep Your Kids Occupied in Any Situation

Educational DIY Toys That Will Keep Your Kids Occupied in Any Situation

Most child experts agree that keeping kids busy during long car trips or in waiting rooms can be a challenge for any parent. If you start out by shushing them, it can go downhill in a hurry and stand as a disaster.

Thankfully, some parents have come up with an interesting idea: DIY educational toys.

DIY Portable Playsets:

DIY Portable Playsets

DIY Building Bricks Playset:

Supplies you’ll need for this DIY craft:

  • A hot glue gun
  • An empty tin
  • Building bricks
  • Hot glue sticks

Instructions to make this DIY Bricks playset:

Step 1:

The first step is gluing the building bricks board right to the inside of the tin cover.

Step 2:

Now, insert the construction bricks inside.

Drawing Activity Case:

Supplies you’ll need for this DIY craft:

  • An empty tin
  • Some crayons
  • Sticky notes

Instructions to make this DIY Drawing Activity Case:

Step 1:

Start by putting all the crayons inside the tin and then glue the sticky notes onto the inside of the tin cover.

DIY Fishing Playset:

Supplies you’ll need for this DIY craft:

  • An empty tin
  • A magnet
  • A string
  • A popsicle stick
  • Paper clips
  • Felt

Instructions to make this DIY Fishing Playset:

Step 1:

Take the felt and trace and cut two fish shapes out of it.

Step 2:

Using the hot glue, stick the paper clip along with the other fish cut out on top.

Step 3:

Now, cut the popsicle stick to the same size of the tin and then tie the string on its end and glue it down.

Step 4:

Tie a magnet to the other end of the thread and hot glue it in place.

DIY Tic tac toe playset:

Supplies you’ll need for this DIY craft:

  • An empty tin
  • Paper
  • A few buttons
  • A marker

Instructions to make this DIY Tic tac toe playset:

Step 1:

Start by cutting the paper to the same size as the tin and then draw out the tic-tac-toe board. Afterwards, add at least two sets of buttons of the same color.

Homemade bean bags

Homemade bean bagsInstructions to make this DIY craft:

Step 1:

You start by choosing fabric scraps – you can either look around your house or you will certainly find some at a fabric store – to make the perfect combinations of fabric you want for your kids’ beanbags. And, if you’ve got a ton of scraps, just try to choose one from every color of the rainbow.

Step 2:

Now, you need to create a pattern out of a cardboard – initially, you’d want the pattern to be slightly larger compared to the finished product you will end up with. And, then use that same pattern to cut out all your squares.

Step 3:

Print the numbers as a mirror image on Avery iron-on transfer paper. Cut each number out, leaving a white border all around. Iron a number on each color square…

Step 4:

Take the two squares’ right sides and bring them together and sew the three sides. However, make sure to leave enough room at the bottom of the beanbag as you’ll have to fold it inside later on.

Step 5:

Once you’ve cut the edges with pinking shears, flip the beanbag right side out and push the extra length right inside the bag.

Tip: For easier sewing, I suggest you iron it.

Step 6:

Fill each open-bottom beanbag halfway with navy beans (or whatever bean works for you)…

Warning: You may want to hire your 5 or 7-year-old to stuff beanbags, but let me warn you that they may spill the beans all over the place, causing a little delay in the project’s progress.

Step 7:

Sew the ironed open end of the fabric together. I stitched this side twice just to make sure…

Step 8:

Now, arrange all your beanbags on a table and take a close look at them for a little while…you just take the time and appreciate the work of your hand. Next, try to find a small and cute bucket. Why? Well, you need it to make a cardboard tag with the child’s name written on it and hang it with a shred of cloth from the bucket.