This book was written as a way to share ideas for making inexpensive yet fun toys out of common recycled items, based on ideas taught by a wonderful group of folks at the nonprofit day care resource center Toys N Things. Written in the mid-late 1970s, some of the toys use plastics or other materials we now know may not be great for kids (like a baby shaker-toy made out of a clean plastic bottle), but lots of the other ideas continue to be safe, creative, and fun for kids of all ages!
The toys are designed to be made by adults, though some could be made with children. Teachables from Trashables has a good index with items grouped by the main material, guidelines for making "kid-proofed" toys, age suggestions for each toy (infant, toddler, preschool, school-age) and info about developmental skills encouraged by the toy, a recipe-like list/pictures of supplies needed to make it, and hand-drawn step-by-step instructions for each toy.
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