Any ideas for household items to use as baby toys for our 10 month old? I've already discovered that she loves boxes but looking for other items that I can easily make, ideally from stuff that would otherwise be thrown away.

asked 24 Apr '10, 06:29

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(24 Apr '10, 07:45) Emi

I have been thinking about the same thing myself!!

(26 Apr '10, 11:45) Anne

Soda bottles with beans or rice in them make good maracas.


answered 24 Apr '10, 14:36

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+1 Definitely soda bottles filled with rice. Both our girls were fascinated by them!

(24 Apr '10, 21:48) Peter K.

At that age my daughter loved anything new and interesting. These are not necessarily things you would throw away but some good ideas for play things that are already in your house but reusable are:

Pots and pans and a wooden spoon for drumming
Tupperware and other plastic containers
Plastic or wooden utensils like a melon baller, big spoons, ladel.


answered 24 Apr '10, 11:43

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Plastic containers, like yogurt tubs, would normally just be thrown away (hopefully recycled). They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They are good for stacking and filling with water or just banging together.


answered 24 Apr '10, 12:21

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We discovered that our son was totally fascinated by some small plastic bottles (smoothies are sold like this here, 250ml) filled with various items...

  • sand
  • small stones
  • water
  • small metallic items, screws
  • old, hard bread
  • buttons
  • beans and rice

However, we noticed that older toddlers can open these, so they can not be used forever.


answered 24 Apr '10, 18:14

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edited 24 Apr '10, 18:54

Here are some ideas, that may be suitable

  • If you have used old CD's, you could try sticking the label sides together (with the data sides facing outwards) then you could pass some string through the centre and make a kind of light catching/reflecting hanging "thing" which could be amusing for your little one. Could be interesting to hang somewhere outside too if you have a garden or a balcony. Use an old wooden pasta spoon with holes and tie the string at different lengths, so the CD's can all spin without colliding. (although this is not suitable for your little one to play with it still could be fun for him to watch)

  • Collecting about 10 plastic bottles that you may normally throw out for recycling,that are of the same shape and size (about 500ml), after striping the labels and painting the bases (if you have time) in bright colours you could use a soft small ball to play a form of "bowling"

  • If you have an old sieve (a lightweight plastic one) this could be used to carry a foam ball in, almost like a concave tennis racket!

Additional note: For older children, a home made "Xylophone" (we did this when my daughter was around 3) we kept many different sizes of glass jars and glass bottles and filled them with different amounts of water and used chopsticks as drumsticks.


answered 24 Apr '10, 20:39

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edited 25 Apr '10, 10:47

+1 for the bowling idea! love it!

(29 Apr '10, 13:05) Lin

Balled up socks. With 2 teenage boys, we have a lot of worn out and odd socks left after they do their laundry, balling them up and tossing them to the little ones to play with kinda became the default. They love using them like balls and pulling the pairs apart so that somebody bigger can ball them up again.


answered 24 Apr '10, 22:27

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