#3. DIY Playdough
If your children like playdough, have you ever considered making some for them? Or getting them to try making it? It’s one of the most versatile play materials out there. Making it yourself means you can customise the colours and get much more for your money. The addition of sparkles or essential oils can make it even more special.
It’s not expensive, since the biggest ingredient is flour. Basically, you’re making a dough (it’s in the name!) that contains ingredients that will keep it in a stable condition, enabling play sessions for around six months. Take a look at this recipe, and you can add some custom elements based on your kids’ preferences.
#4. DIY Rainbow Crayons
If you’ve got kids at home, you also have crayons—way too many crayons. You might be curious if there’s anything you can do with all the leftover bits and pieces and worn-down ends left from last year’s set. Not to worry: there is!
You can take some shaped ice cube trays and fill each hole with enough bits of crayons until they reach the top. You can then place them in the oven at a very low temperature (100 degrees C) for ten minutes or so (you need to keep an eye out to make sure the trays themselves don’t start to melt!)
After they’ve cooled, you can get them out of the ice cube trays and go from there. They’ll look great in a small glass jar with a ribbon. You could throw in a notebook as well to provide a full DIY drawing experience.
#5. Stuffed Animals
If you’re good at knitting or with a sewing machine, you can consider making a stuffed animal of your own for your child. The basic idea is simple enough:
- Choose a pattern
- Cut out the fabric or knit what you need
- Stitch it together
- Add some cotton or polyester fill
You can check out our simple knitting patterns and you can also consider making your own pattern after you’ve gotten in some practice on a few pre-designed animals. That way, you can customise the result to the exact specifications you need (a favourite dinosaur, a koala, you name it!).
Whether you’re looking for birthday presents, Christmas gift ideas, or anything in between, there’s probably a DIY option that your kids will love. Along with saving money and giving you (or your child) a craft to do, you also may give your child something memorable that they get a lot more out of than a ready made present.