You probably know toys are very important to develop learning skills in children! Young ones learn by playing, so teaching and educational toys are the best option! But consider this: What if you made the toys using items found at home or low cost supplies? You could also recycle things so everybody wins, even the environment!

With this idea in mind, I thought of an article based on educational toys for different ages. Will you join me?

  • Fulltime cushion

It is as simple as sewing or painting the dial of a clock on a cushion! To make the hands, use arrow shaped felt and join together at the center. A covered button can be used to allow turning and give mobility to the hands.

With this simple and pretty cushion, you can teach your child to tell time.

  • Remembering

Use bottle caps to play a memory game. Paint the outside of the caps with different colors and inside add images, numbers or letters. The game is this: Show the child the pictures and ask them to memorize what they see. Then turn the caps over and ask them to find a picture. The idea is for the child to remember where the picture is located!

  • Open, close, tie and button

Use old picture frames to make panels. Teach your child what it means to button something, close zippers, tie shoelaces, etc. You will only need fabric, zippers, buttons and cords to sew to the frames.

  • Alphabet

With hard, thick cardboard squares, wooden blocks, a little universal glue and multicolored elastic bands, you can make this fun alphabet! Learn to read and form words.

  • Learn geometric shapes

This idea is the same as the alphabet blocks! Use hard cardboard, wood blocks and glue to attach the blocks to the cardboard. Cut out geometric shapes to embed in the blocks. With this simple kid’s game, they will not only learn geometric shapes but colors too!

  • Fractions!


You will need eight felt circles. First, sew two together using an eyelet stitch. Cut two circles half way and sew the halves together so you have two halves left behind. You will use two more circles cut into thirds. And the two remaining circles can be cut into fourths. Do the same steps as noted before. You should have four fourths! Embroider or write with fabric paint the number “1” over the entire circle! Use a contrasting color to offset the felt color.  Do the same with the other halves, but this case write “1/2” on each one. Then with the thirds, write “1/3” and finally, write “1/4” on each one of the fourths. With this neat project you will help you child learn the oh-so complicated world of fractions!

These ideas are very useful if you are a teacher and work at a daycare center. You can make simple games for your children to enjoy and entertain themselves as they learn!

I hope you like these ideas!