20 Best Homemade Toys for Toddlers


Homemade toys that your toddler will love!  These home made toys are perfect for kids under four years old and include pictured tutorials for softies, felt toy patterns, super hero capes, hobby horses, a play kitchen and a toy workbench.

As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has over a THOUSAND pictured tutorials with free patterns so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

Homemade Toys

1.  Mini Memory Game Tutorial ~ Small wooden disks stamped with animals to make a mini memory game.  This would make a great gift for a toddlers birthday party, or a nice present for a preschool or kindergarten teacher.

Superhero cape

2.  How to Sew a Cape ~ This is an easy, fun project that any little super hero would love!

Tea Party

3.  Portable Tea Party ~ This adorable portable tea linen party set is complete with placemats, napkins and a tablecloth. The whole thing is reversible.  And the best part?  The tablecloth gathers up into a tidy little bag to contain all those tiny cups and treats and spoons.

Play Kitchen

4.  DIY Child’s Play Kitchen ~  I love this!  The inner child in me wants to play with this adorable kitchen.  So much better than the plastic play kitchens.  And, fun for both boys and girls!

Doll house

5.  Doll Suitcase ~ Welcome to the living room!  The back panel is interchangeable so you can change it to a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  Switch out the panel and voila, you are playing in a different part of the house!


Softies {free pattern}

6.  Fox or Raccoon Softie {free pattern} ~ These cute furry friends would be a great child’s birthday gift or a little pick me-up if they have been feeling under the weather.  Everyone should have a little softie to snuggle with when they’re sick, right?

7.  Felt Bullseye Softie ~ For Christmas, I made my son a soft Bullseye Toy to go with his Woody doll from Toy Story.  You can obviously buy Bullseye, but this one was inexpensive, (using scraps I had) and the legs have wire in them so Bullseye can actually stand on his own.

Kid's tights Octopus

8.  Stuffed Octopus Toy ~ This adorable stuffed octopus is made using 4 pairs of striped tights.  With minimal sewing you can create this cute handmade stuffed octopus toy.

Felt Toy Patterns

9.  Felt Shopping Bag ~ This fun felt shopping book is a gift that will be loved by kids and their parents.  The fun activity will keep them happy at home and while out shopping with Mom.  It can be customized with your family favorites using felt food shapes or images of items your kids are familiar with.

Felt Dolls

10.  Fabric Felt Dolls ~ Here is a great spin on classic paper dolls, but the are made of fabric so they are much more sturdy.  Great for younger girls or girls with brothers {wink}.  The post includes a free printable pattern.  You stitch velcro directly to the bodies for the clothes to stick to.

Felt Tiara and Wand

11.  No-Sew Princess Tiara ~ What little girl doesn’t love dressing up as a princess?  And, what proper princess doesn’t have a tiara?  Follow the tutorial and make a simple and easy tiara for your little princess.  She also has a link to a previous tutorial to make a matching wand.

Felt Toy Patterns

12.  Old MacDonald Felt Finger Puppets ~ This would make such a sweet birthday gift for a toddler birthday party.  Or for a preschool teacher, or for a mom who’s looked particularly stressed out in church lately…

Dinosaur Play Mat
13.  Felt Dinosaur Play Mat ~ How to make a Dinosaur Play Mat out of felt.  Vacation is coming up and I’ve been working hard to come up with some ideas to keep my kids entertained on our various trips this summer.  Since my kids love dinosaurs I decided to make a dinosaur play mat that we could take along with us on our trips.

14.  Felt Toy Truck ~ I LOVE the idea of a softie to accompany a book as gift.  See pictured instructions on how to make this adorable felt truck and give it with a matching book for a one-of-a-kind gift.

How To Make Toys

15.  Toy Workbench from a Nightstand ~ This darling workbench was made from a nightstand picked up at a thrift store for $3!  For that price, you could buy a set of play tools to go with it and you’d have a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for the little builder in you life.

How to Make Toys

16.  Toy Trug Gift ~ Break out your saw, drill and some nails to make this homemade gift. Your little one will love having his own personalized toy trug to tote his favorite toys around in. Best of all, this gift is also a gift package!

17.  DIY Art Notebook ~ This art notebook makes a great gift and is perfect for long road trips, airplanes or anytime you want some quiet play.  Fill the pocket with stickers and other fun add-ons.

30-Minute Girl Hobby Horse
18.  30-Minute Girl Hobby Horse ~ This glamorous hobby horse with feather boa mane is the perfect gift for girls. It can be made for under $5 and in 30 minutes! You little princess will love to trot around the house with this beauty.

19.  Hobby Horse Tutorial ~ Making a hobby horse to give as a Christmas gift for your little buckaroo is simple. Little ones will be so excited to see this little horse  propped up next to the tree Christmas morning.

20.  DIY Seesaw ~ This red Seesaw is an absolutely adorable and a fantastic outdoor activity for these warm months!  The full supply list and tutorial is provided to make one in approximately 2 hours.  It was adult tested so you can have fun too!

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  1. The DIY Child’s Play Kitchen is so cute. I want one of that for myself. I don’t care if I am an adult, that certainly brought up the inner kid in me. And I absolutely want it. Case closed.

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