Make Your Own Kids' Toys
DIY Mix and Match Magnetic Robots! Create a crazy version of Mr. Potato Head for your kiddos from Fun at Home with Kids
Mix and Match Recycled Robots
Quick Craft for Kids -- DIY Toy Boats to race in the creek.
Magnetic puzzles-use on a cookie sheet during road trips!
Drive In Movie - how cute. I'll hang on to this idea - I'm sure I can use it somehow...can't make a class set but maybe along with a "go for a walk" break there could be "go for a drive" break in a quiet(er) corner of the room with earphones, music or small video player etc - think about and explore...
drive in movie cars - Boxes, electrical tape, paper plates for wheels (attached with brass brads so they really turn), and a shoebox attached to the front to hold popcorn!
Unexpected Tot Toys
19 Engaging Activities for 1 Year Olds - Kids Activities Blog
Pirate ship craft using egg carton
Felt band-aids are made with velcro so they can be stuck to stuffed animals.
When Oliver is a little older, I want to make a small teepee for his room that he can play in. I'll use muslin fabric and let him decorate it before I attach it to the boards :)
HowStuffWorks "Build a Tepee"
Home-made ball maze!!!
Popsicle Memory Game. This was a pretty easy toy to make, and even my 2 year old enjoyed playing a simplified version of Memory! We flipped one over and kept it flipped as we searched for its match.
Shadow puppets! I made these using animals instead of vehicles because I knew Oliver would like that more.
I wonder if I can convince my husband to help me make a board like this...