12 of the Best Toys Engineer Parents Made for Their Children

Why not save some money this Christmas and take inspiration from these toys engineer parents made for their children.

12 of the Best Toys Engineer Parents Made for Their Children
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Whether you like saving some money or you are a habitual DIY'er, these toys made by engineer parents are simply fantastic. 

We do hope the following 12 examples inspire you to make your own toys for your little bundle of joy. If nothing else to keep them quiet for at least ten minutes!

1. This guy has the best grandfather ever

Toys Engineer Parents Made animotronic
Source: Reddit

This chap might just be the greatest grandfather of all time. Using only spare electronics and some dollar store toys, he made some incredible contraptions.

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 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 an 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

Toys Engineer Parents Made gears
Source: Ravindra Godbole/Pinterest

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

Toys Engineer Parents Made planes
Source: arvindguptatoys/Pinterest

This homemade engineering toy is based on a classic design. It's perfect for any little boy or girl with a fascination with 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

Toys Engineer Parents Made spiral
Source: FrugalFun4Boys/Pinterest

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

Toys Engineer Parents Made ping pong
Source: FrugalFun4Boys/Pinterest

Obviously, this toy should only be given to more responsible children, but it's absolutely brilliant. 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 pretty simple 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

Toys Engineer Parents Made hydraulic
Source: Home Science Tools/Pinterest

Although this hydraulic arm model is built to a very high standard, it should be fairly easily replicated. 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 look at the potential result. Add some colored fluids to really make the model more appealing for your little engineer.

Obviously, make sure you sand down any sharp edges, use new syringes (not used) and non-toxic fluids. 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. Construction of this homemade engineering toy is too taxing and the result is incredibly satisfying.

Your little monster will love you forever 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

Toys Engineer Parents Made LEGO
Source: Little Bins for Little Hands/Pinterest

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 children. After all, it can be dangerous if they decide to start shooting sharp things at other people - let's face it this is probably an inevitability.

11. How about a homemade LEGO candy dispenser

Toys Engineer Parents Made candy
Source: allfreekidscrafts

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. But 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's 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 an 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 the final product is worth the effort.

If you fancy a challenge this model will certainly push you to the limits. Why not give it go?

Your child will proudly show this off to friends and family for years to come.

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