Most crafts couldn’t survive the bathtub, but this schooner can tolerate sizable splashes, thanks to waterproof gaffer’s tape and vellum. The body is made from an empty milk carton—even more incentive for your child to drink up.
*All of the projects in this story are courtesy of Heather Swain, author of Make These Toys: 101 Clever Creations Using Everyday Items ($14, amazon.com).
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Corral homemade animals (yarn-ball sheep! wine-cork horses!) in this sweet stable, complete with toothpick hay sheaves and a Popsicle-stick fence. If Old MacDonald isn’t your child’s style, the barn can be turned into a dollhouse or an auto garage.
These giant “shoes” can be decorated according to your child’s obsession du jour (ballet slippers, robot feet, replicas of Mommy’s favorite wedges). They’re great for clomping around during a silly dance party or a goofy relay race. And younger kids can use them to practice their bow-tying skills.
Once you’ve cut off the bottoms of these paper cups and slipped on balloons, you’ve got a springy surface for launching spongy sweets into the air. Host a contest to see who can pop marshmallows the farthest or get the most into a bowl that’s a few feet away.
Go ahead and recycle those empty wine bottles, but hold onto the cork stoppers for this neigh-ver been seen before craft. Besides, every farm needs at least one stallion waiting to give the kiddies a ride.
Yet another homemade project that’s well-worth the licking. (That’s why we love this sweet idea so much!) This mini barrier stands naturally next to the barn and keeps our friendly farm friends from roaming.
Nope, that's not Santa on his sleigh you hear, it's the newest member of your little band. Get ready to shake and remember it's all in the wrist with this instrument. Tip: Start collecting those jingle bells now!