Over the summer, my son and I dyed wooden spools for fine motor, building, and math play. My preschoolers have LOVED them, and they’re used multiple times a week in the classroom. Because of the great reception the colorful spools received, I started looking into other DIY toys that could be made with colorful wood materials.
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colorful wooden DIY toys to make with children
Since my students have really responded to our dyed spools, I wanted to highlight other such DIY toys. There are some gorgeous ideas out there. I hope you are able to check out each and every one!
Twodaloo’s musical ankle bracelets made with dyed beads are beautiful and look like so much fun for the kiddos!
I think Fun at Home with Kids’ Grimm-style rainbow blocks are beyond gorgeous! My students would love these as an addition to our building center.
Crafting a Green World’s colorful acorn manipulatives look like all kinds of fall fun. My acorn-obsessed students would welcome these readily.
Twodaloo’s colorful wooden Christmas lights would make a spunky Christmas decoration!
I think Babble Dabble Doo’s craft stick wreath would make a lovely collaborative art project in the classroom.
Pretty Prudent’s Wooden Rainbow Arches would appeal to kiddos of all ages. Lots of learning with one toy!
I loved the different materials Art Bar’s mixed media necklaces are made from! She always blows me away with her kids’ art projects.
You Clever Monkey’s little magnetic blocks take colorful creations to a new level.
I could see the children having such fun creating Olive and Love’s kid-colored tissue box cover, especially with her spraying technique!
Plain Vanilla Mom’s dyed wooden eggs are delightful! I love the sheen created when she sealed the eggs after painting them.
Meri Cherry’s toddler-dyed wooden beads turned out so colorful, and I love that the little ones got into the activity so well. Meri Cherry’s great at drawing the kiddos into delightfully messy art projects, though, so I shouldn’t be surprised!
Chocolate Eyes’ wooden rainbow sprite is just plain beautiful! I know a few toddlers who would be enamored with it, and I know my preschoolers would integrate the sprite into small world play.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds’ rainbow craft stick mobile would make a whimsical addition to any classroom or home. I can see my kiddos having a little too much fun making such a mobile!
Fun at Home with Kids’ rainbow eggs and activities look too good to just be used in the spring time!
Okay, the problem with gathering such awesome ideas is I can’t decide which one to try first!?! I love that these DIY toys are homemade but still look so fetching! Yes, I said fetching . . . 😉
Materials for Wooden Toys
This list of DIY wooden toys is awesome! But, maybe you’re thinking of creating a toy of your own. Or, perhaps you want to create something totally different. If that’s the case, this list of all wooden materials might offer you some inspiration. Check it out (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
These are just a few items that come to mind when thinking of wood-based projects to do with preschoolers. There are a ton of raw wood objects available for purchase that would be great materials to use for a preschool woodworking project.
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