Whether you like saving some money or you are a habitual DIY'er, these toys made by engineer parents are simply fantastic.
What are some great homemade toys?
We do hope the following 11+ examples of homemade toys inspire you to make your own toys for your little bundle of joy. Or perhaps for yourself.
1. This guy has the best grandfather ever
This chap might just be the greatest grandfather of all time. Using only spare electronics and some dollar store toys, he made these animatronic toys.
He is truly a master DIY toy builder and an inspiration for us all.
Each one of his animatronic toys is unique and thoroughly adorable. It must be incredibly difficult to resist the urge to open the bottom to see how each one works.
But then again that would spoil the fun and mystique of these brilliant DIY toys.
2. This guy made a DIY battery-powered car
Here is another fantastic, and simple, toy made by an engineering parent for their children. All you need is a few plastic bottle caps for the wheels, a 9V battery for power, some wooden skewers or toothpicks for axles, and a couple of small electrical motors, wires, etc. to move it.
Assembly is simplicity itself, as you can see from the video above. Of course, it would be helpful if you had a hot glue gun, and a power drill (though the latter is probably overkill).
The toy is basic but looks pretty cool, to be honest. Why not make a few for yourself and race them?
3. Here are some homemade simple gears
Here's a fun and simple homemade engineering toy that is bound to raise a smile. Made from basic household items, it can be easily replicated by anybody.
Not only does it include gears of different sizes but also comes with a cute little handmade hand crank. Whilst this might not be appropriate for smaller children, it's both fun and educational for bigger kids.
4. Check out these homemade spinning airplanes
This homemade engineering toy is based on a classic design. It's perfect for any child or adult with a fascination for aircraft.
Making good use of some coiled wire and paperclip, this toy uses gravity to recreate a thrilling dogfight.
What's better is that it can be made from common household items and it isn't too difficult to make. Once finished, you might find yourself plonking it on your desk instead of risking it being destroyed by your little monster.
5. This homemade marble spiral is inspired
Everyone loves a marble spiral toy. Instead of buying a ready-made (and frankly bland) plastic one why not make your own?
That's exactly what this ingenious parent did and the final product looks amazing. Using a long cardboard tube and some paper plates, this couldn't be any simpler or more fun to create.
Obviously, you might have a harder time making the marbles so perhaps go out and buy some cheap ones. Just a suggestion.
6. How about a pin pong ball launcher
Obviously, this toy should only be given to more responsible children, but it's absolutely brilliant. Or, give less responsible children styrofoam ammunition instead of ping pong balls. Using some simple household items this launcher is fun for all members of the family.
Using an empty plastic bottle, rubber bands, some string, a large bead, and something sharp like a nail, you can make your own ping pong ball arsenal. The build is a pretty simple homemade toy, and shouldn't take too long to complete.
If you are interested in making this one for yourself you can find the instructions here.
7. This hydraulic arm is perfect for teaching basic principles
Although this hydraulic arm model is built to a very high standard, it should be fairly easy to replicate. Made from shaped pieces of wood, some rubber tubing, and four syringes, it brilliantly simulates how a real hydraulic arm works.
This homemade engineering tool will require some more advanced DIY skills than others on the list, but the result is impressive. Add some color to the water used to make the model more appealing for your little engineer.
Obviously, make sure you sand down any sharp edges, and use unused syringes. But of course, you knew that already.
8. This DIY 'robotic arm' is awesome
Using some cardboard, string, some plastic drinking straws, scissors, and glue, you too can make your own awesome robotic arm toy. The construction of this homemade engineering toy is not too taxing and the result is incredibly satisfying.
Your child is sure to enjoy testing your lovingly crafted cardboard toy to destruction. We estimate approximately ten minutes before it's been torn to shreds.
You'd better make a few backups, and a pair for yourself whilst you are at it.
9. Everyone loves LEGO
This chap decided to put his master LEGO building skills to the test with an indoor zip line. Using some basic and common lego pieces and some string, this LEGO zip line is fun for all the family.
For this design, you will need a simple pulley to attach to the string, but you can come up with alternative solutions. If you have some LEGO technic lying around, you're all good, or just use a simple lego arch at the top.
Assembly is otherwise very straightforward and you can make it to any design you choose fit.
Now, you just need somewhere to set up your awesome homemade engineering toy. Just make sure it's not somewhere dangerous for other unsuspecting members of the family.
10. This rubberband bow is fantastic, if dangerous
This chap managed to design and build a tiny rubberband powered bow. What's better is that he did it using simple household materials.
The entire bow is powered using a single rubber band and the arms are made from popsicle sticks. Assembly is pretty simple, so you can make your own too.
You can even change out the rubberband if you want to make it stronger or weaker.
Obviously, this homemade engineering toy is only suitable for responsible older children. After all, it can be dangerous if they decide to start shooting sharp things at other people — and let's face it, this is probably inevitable.
11. How about a homemade LEGO candy dispenser
This candy dispenser is a little more advanced when compared to many other entries on this list. Using some assorted and common LEGO pieces, you too can create this incredible toy for your child.
If your children are old enough, they can even help you build it. After all, it's the toy that keeps on giving, literally.
By adding in some candy you might find, unlike many other of your efforts, this LEGO toy might actually survive intact for longer than an hour.
Given its complexity, this is aimed at slightly older children, but you should be able to finish it in an evening. That is, if they can resist eating all the candy first or decide to make a house instead.
Such is life.
12. Really push yourself with a homemade reciprocating engine
And for our finale, a very advanced homemade engineering toy to cut your teeth on. This ingenious chap designed and built his own plastic and wood, human-powered reciprocating engine.
It looks the part, sounds the part, and is both fun, challenging, and educational for your little budding engineer. Clearly, assembly and construction require some more advanced DIY skills, but the final product is well worth the effort.
If you fancy a challenge this model will certainly push you to the limits. Why not give it a go? Your child will proudly show this off to friends and family for years to come.
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