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Purchased Items

You may want to use purchased items, or you may already have some of these items around your house to use for toys, activities, or crafts. Here is my list of some things that might come in handy:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Chalk
  • Glue
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Sand Paper

Watch for school sales in the summer to get most of these items cheap. You can stock up at that time.

Check out clearance items at stores. Think "outside the box." Think "How could I make use of this item--maybe in a way that is not intended?" If you can get the items cheap enough, they may make a good source of materials.

Thrift Stores, Garage Sales, and Flea Markets can also be source of cheap toys or toy materials.

One of my granddaughters and I had the most fun with an old Fisher Price School House I bought for 10 cents at a Yard Sale across the street from us. It did not have any of the accessories, so I substituted plastic golf balls and other small balls I already had to be the people. We used our imagination and had a fun pretending the balls were people.

You probably have your own ideas. You may have thought of other recommended things or somewhere to buy them that I never would have come up with. Please take time to share with us, and I will share it with everyone.

Additional Play Materials Links

Play Materials
Ideas for cheap play materials to use with your children.

Mining Your Junk Mail

How to look at your junk mail as a gold mine for materials for kids toys, activities, and crafts.

Mining Your Trash
Use your trash as a source of supplies for kid's toys, activities, and crafts.

How to find and create stickers that children will love to play with.


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