Make Something Out of Nothing for Your Kids, Crochet Toys


I have more time than money so I like to make my gifts. It is important in our consumer-driven society to show kids they can create toys with things around the house.  Boxes can become dollhouses or a car; a blanket can be used to make a tent rather than buying a playhouse. Parents have to encourage and model creativity, making use of stuff around the house and substituting when they don’t have what they think they need.

During the last two months, I have created finger puppets, play food and doll furniture out of lego and a leftover yarn as gifts for my grandchildren. These toys were so much fun to make.

Patterns can be found all over Pinterest and the internet for finger puppets but I combined two patterns to create these finger puppets. Of course, the faces are my own design. They were made to go along with a toddlers song which uses fingers to represent all the family members.20160811_090719

Daddy finger, daddy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Mommy finger, Mommy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Brother finger, Brother finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Sister finger, Sister finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Baby finger, Baby finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Muffin Songs
www.muffinsongs.com

Patterns can be found on Pinterest and the internet for crocheted play food. The beauty of this kind of play food is it is washable where wooden food is harder to keep clean and plastic food is often too small for toddlers and they tend to chew it.20160621_101507

 

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After I saw patterns which used pieces of cardboard or plastic  sheets with grids to make doll appliances, I thought of covering lego blocks with crochet. Then I added crocheted doors, countertops, handles, and buttons. The result was surprising and very appealing. I just wing it without a pattern;  cover stacked lego in continuous rounds and then make doors and counter tops separately and sew them on

 

 

 

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