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7 things you can make instead of buying

child fingerpainting

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Today's toys often require assembly, batteries and lengthy instruction booklets — and many come with shockingly high price tags. But sometimes the simplest, most basic toys are the very ones that entertain children for hours and inspire them to use their imaginations. What makes these toys even better is that you can make many of them from household items you already have.


How to make:

• watercolors

• eco-dough

• playdough

• fingerpaint

• bubbles

• hula hoops

• crayons

• modeling clay