8 easy toys you can make on the road!

Crafting your own toys saves money and can keep your child entertained!

Travelling with only a couple of bags means limited toys for Jack and with no budget or desire to buy some to only leave them behind, we have had to get crafty along the way. There are plenty of toys you can make on the road from household items or inexpensive craft items such as paper, pencils and sticky tape. Believe me, kids don’t need the latest toy advertised on TV or the gadget that makes the flashiest, loudest sounds.  Jack has had so much joy with some of our handmade toys and best of all, if they break you can just stick it back together or make them again!

So here is some inspiration so you too can get your craft on and make your own toys for your child while travelling.

#1 Binoculars

Sightseeing is so much more fun with a pair of binoculars

Sightseeing is so much more fun with a pair of binoculars

All you need is two toilet rolls, a piece of string and a stapler or sticky tape.

#2 Big aeroplane

What else do you do with a cardboard box!

What else do you do with a cardboard box!

Have an old box lying around? Turn it into an aeroplane with the help of some tape, ribbon or straps and a marker.

#3 Rockets

You won't have to worry about a broken window as these guys fly around your hotel room.

You won’t have to worry about a broken window as these guys fly around your hotel room.

These rockets will be flying with just a toilet roll and a piece of card or paper.

#4 Indian hat

Cowboys and Indians anyone?

Cowboys and Indians anyone?

Play dress-ups with some coloured paper and double sided tape.

#5 Horse

Giddy up!

Giddy up!

A piece of dowel or old broom, some cardboard, tape and a maker will enable you to give your child the pony on their Christmas wish list.

#6 Camera

A camera that is so simple to make and you don't have to worry about your kids breaking it!

A camera that is so simple to make and you don’t have to worry about your kids breaking it!

A hotel cereal box or a tea box, a toilet roll, a piece of string and a marker will have you creating a camera in no time.

#7 Animal noses

Being a piggy is hard work!

Being a piggy is hard work!

Your child will have fun playing a little mouse, piggy or bird by making noses out of egg cartons and string or elastic.

#8 Face painting

A puppy one day and a lion the next!

A puppy with a scar one day and a lion the next!

Transform your child’s face with some non-toxic face paint (many shops have face painting sticks which are easy to apply and don’t take up space in the luggage).

Creating toys you can make on the road is part of the fun of travelling with kids.  Where possible use everyday materials you have in your hotel room or have easy access to, and don’t be afraid to ask the hotel staff for toilet roles, empty tissue boxes or office supplies such as sticky tape or staplers.  On most occasions they will be only too willing to help especially after they see your creations!

Happy crafting…

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