toys

Yes, I’m loving the plastic animal re-fashion craze! There are so many creative ways to upcycle these fun and fabulous plastic animals. A super cheap and easy way to decorate. I love this Gold Coated Horse from Suburble I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight! More Toy Fun Here: Toy Bowling Toy Story […]

Crafting Angry LOVE Birds

by Marie on January 30, 2013

We’ve had a lot of fun with our cute little pom-pom Angry Birds craft. I thought it only fitting that we make some LOVE birds for Valentine’s too! But don’t be fooled, this one is still angry and gonna get those pigs! Supplies for Angry LOVE Birds: yarn – pink, purple, or red 2 googly […]

I’m not sure if I should be disappointed or proud of myself.  A couple weeks ago, I gave up.  After years and years of trying to keep my playroom buckets organized, I called it quits.  There used to be a place for the LEGOS, a bucket for Geo Trax, baby toys, Barbies, play food, toy […]

Summer Camp guest post by Amanda of OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids Welcome to Camp! Yeah, it’s Summer Camp here at Make and Takes. But at our house? We’ve been having Toy Camp! And just what is Toy Camp? And what do do we do there? Well, let’s have a look around, shall we? First, we’ll begin with […]

Marcel the Shell Craft

by Marie on March 21, 2011

Ever since my brother-in-law introduced us to this adorable video of Marcel The Shell with Shoes On, my kids want to watch it everyday. We decided we had to make a Marcel of our own, complete with pink shoes. Supplies for Marcel the Shell craft: small shell 1 googley eye 1 pink pipe cleaner glue […]

We’ve collected a lot of toys over the last 8 years of having children and our playroom was at it’s limit with clutter. We decided it was time to make some big decisions and clean it out, I mean really clean it out. After deciding what toys the kids haven’t played with in a long […]

Crafting with Angry Birds

by Marie on February 22, 2011

We’ve joined the Angry Birds craze. These little birds are everywhere, but we can’t seem to get enough. Today we’re crafting little angry bird yarn poms, crashing down our tower of greedy little pigs. Supplies for Angry Bird Poms: yarn craft glue googley eyes craft paper stacking cups 1. Create your mini pom poms with […]

Football season has begun! We’re making yummy football treats and tossing around soft football toys. These will hopefully be a little softer and easier on your household items as they get tossed around while you watch the game! Supplies for Sewing Football Toys: fabric – I used a flannel football fabric football pattern – download […]

Giveaway: Bella Luna Toys

by Marie on June 11, 2010

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. #92 Emily is the winner of some fabulous toys. Have fun getting creative! Oh, oh, oh! I am so happy to be able to showcase this fabulous shop. I promise you will be in love with Bella Luna Toys! As a Make and Takes sponsor, […]

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Congrats to #10 Wendy, #73 Carrie Lim, #90 Margo, #102 Hilary S., #108 Pepper. I’ll be emailing you to get you your prize. Have fun with My Printies! My Printies is here today sponsoring a fabulous giveaway. They sent me a sample of these fun […]

Play While You Paint

by Heather on August 17, 2009

You might have noticed by now that I am way into mixing art time with playtime. My boys loved this technique: using a (washable) toy to apply paint to paper. We used some old toy cars to roll in paint and then make a fun painting. Another bonus: using unusual paint brushes makes unique paintings. […]

My brother, Bryan, introduced me to the art of Mashoonga and we are loving these fun fighting flinging foam toys. Here’s a video Bryan put together of his son’s birthday (Bryan is the mean ugly Ogre at the end :) Try playing some Mashoonga at your next birthday party! MASHOONGA!!! (it’s just so fun to […]

Toys Making a Comeback

by Marie on December 18, 2008

Come take a poll over at Blissful Kids to see what toys your kids are wishing for that you may have played with as a youngster. Maybe Care Bears or Transformers?

Toy Bowling

by Marie on May 26, 2008

Our Happy Meal prizes and Dollar Store figurines are coming in handy with Toy Bowling. My son has been wanting to go bowling and started to learn some of the lingo, like “strike” and I need a “spare”. So I thought it would be fun to practice a little at home. With our bucket of […]

Floating Sponge Boats

by Marie on April 24, 2008

Once the sun shines down long enough to warm our faces, my kids want to play in the water. So here we are floating our sponge boats in the backyard water table. Supplies for Sponge Boats: scrub sponges – I got these at the dollar store or you can use the cell-o brand as well […]

Ice Cube Tub Time

by Marie on April 17, 2008

Cold ice mixed with hot water makes for fun in the tub. I just ran across this tub time activity from Rookie Moms that will have your kids begging for a bath twice a day (is that good or bad?). Collect a few toys that can be played with in water. We used toy cars, […]

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