If I'm being honest, I have to admit I spent altogether waaaay too long putting together this gift guide. I just couldn't help getting completely caught up in the myriad of amazing toys and gifts available for kids these days. And best of all, many of them are handmade! Click through for my favorite finds.
After seeing baby gym after baby gym with plastic this and fuzzy that, this wooden minimalistic version is a welcome change! If you've got a baby on the way, or just want to make this as a gift for a loved one, try your hand at this surprisingly simple project!
Because I'm a parent, I'm always searching the web for ways to decorate in a family-friendly, but still aesthetically pleasing way. And it's tough out there! This idea is one that I can get on board with and is a great way to please the designer in us all!
If you have a cardboard box hoarding problem (who doesn't in the age of online shopping?), consider turning them into one of these kid-friendly playhouses or toys!
As a kid, I would make houses and forts out of cardboard boxes, sheets, and the odd chair or two. This DIY playhouse takes a similar approach, albeit much more aesthetically pleasing. You won't have to look at dirty boxes and your kid's imagination can still run wild: win-win!
Whether used as a learning tool for kids or simply as a decorative coffee table or bookshelf object, these DIY wooden gradient blocks are easy to make -- and gorgeous!
I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share! Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school?? Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--out of regular ol' household items totally intrigues me. If you're equally intrigued, or just want to impress your five-year-old, check out what you'll need below!
I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a regular ol' animal invasion on the DIY front! Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due. From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed 'derriere' magnets, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects. Enjoy!
Kids of all ages (and even kids at heart - I'm lookin' at you!) will get a kick out of this colorful DIY memory game!
Here at Curbly, we love a good magnet, especially if we can make a bunch and make 'em ourselves. What could possibly be better than that? Super colorful magnets made from recycled materials that allow for spontaneous creativity and fun in the kitchen! Sold? Read on!
We've shared a few great summer kids projects recently (hot rocks, water walls, and tents - oh my!), but this one might be my favorite! If you have $10 and a little bit of time, a DIY waterfall sprinkler should be at the top of your list.
In the so weird it's wonderful category is artist Ryan McElhiney's old toy lamp. Super easy to reproduce, all we'd have to do is grab a cord/socket and
For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer! Here's a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hours).
Just because school is out for the summer doesn't mean you can't enlighten some minds with science! I mean c'mon, kids of all ages are fascinated by silly putty, add some magnetism to that equation and BAM! You've just blown a few minds. What more coud you ask for?
School's out for the summer and that means lots of time for little ones to grow restless. Encourage some old school imaginative play, indoors and out, with this DIY a-frame tent!
Fathers: they're awesome... and they deserve a damn good gift! From first-time dads to seasoned pros, we've rounded up 20 gift ideas to help you celebrate the dad in your life good and proper.
I spent several hours on Christmas putting together various LEGO sets for my nephew, Gavin. After the first set, he grabbed the next and the next. I couldn't say no, as I, like Gavin, love the LEGOs. Which is why I'm thinking this LEGO brick toy box might be in Gavin's future. Called
Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning.
The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in favor...
Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!
- Extract batteries from stubborn holders
- Find studs in your walls
- Make a homopolar motor
- Make LED Throwies
- Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
- Make a simple compass
- Experiment with self assembly
This holiday season, just say no to toy recalls and make your own safe toys with these fabulous and free plans to construct your own wooden toys!! AND there’s something for just about every age group and interest.
For little ones, check out this website for puzzles galore!
Here’s a great, old fashioned sled project.
Every baby doll needs a comfy doll bed.
And for the future Curblier...a set of building logs.
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