There is something so special about handmade things and nothing is more special than making toys for your children. There is, of course, the safety aspect where you are in control of all the materials so you don’t include any toxic paints and materials but beyond this, it is knowing that the toys are made with love and care. Making your own toys means they are unique and can be customised for your children.

We are in love with the idea of making toys for our children and so we went looking for some beautiful handmade toys that you too can make. We’ve found ideas for babies as well as older kids so there is something for everyone. Some are easy to make like the DIY chalkboard play town pictured above, while others take a bit more effort but all are so worth making. Here are our favourite picks:

diy-wooden-baby-rattleFirst up is this DIY wooden baby rattle. Babies love rattles and what can be nicer than making one for your newborn to welcome them in to the world or perhaps gifting one to a friend’s newborn.

diy-wooden-baby-gymAll babies love a baby gym especially when they aren’t yet able to walk.  I don’t think I’ve met a baby who didn’t have one. So rather than buy one, why not make this simple and stylish DIY baby gym that can be handed down for generations to come.

diy-wooden-toy-boatBath time equals fun time for all kids. And this DIY wooden toy boat powered with a balloon is just the thing to make bath times even more fun.

diy-wooden-car-toysThese simple DIY toy cars made with wood and pin tacks are so clever and so beautiful.  Make a whole set for your kids for hours of imaginative play. And why not make the chalkboard town (pictured at the top) where the cars can zoom around!

diy-wooden-cameraEvery kid needs a toy camera — just think of the hours of pretend play this toy brings. So why not make a wooden toy camera and you can even paint it in your child’s favourite colours.

diy-wooden-checkers-gameLastly, we’re loving this beautiful DIY wooden checkers game. This is a timeless and ageless toy that the whole family can enjoy together and would make a lovely handmade gift too.

Do you think you’ll have a try at making toys for your children?  Which one will you make first?