Frugal Toys: Make-Your-Own Beach and Sand-box Toys

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: I have tons of cool sand toys, by Emmanuelle Bourgue on Flickr

Recycle your 1 liter and 4 liter (quart and gallon) plastic bottles - into sand toys!

Clean them out well, and using a craft knife - cut your 4 litre (gallon) bottle all around about 15 cm (6") from the bottom.

Poke a couple of holes on opposite sides near the top - attach a short rope handle and you have your sand pail.

The remaining piece becomes your funnel.

You can cut another 4 litre (gallon) bottle about 5 cm (2") high and poke the bottom full of holes for a sieve.

Image: Cut the bottom off your 1 litre (quart) bottle. Then cut a long U-shaped scoop, sloping your cut up along the sides
Photo credit: How to Make Plastic Bottle Sand Scoops, by
Cut the bottom off your 1 litre (quart) bottle. Then cut a long U-shaped scoop, sloping your cut up along the sides.

If your bottle comes with a handle, make sure the handle ends up on the top side of the scoop. This becomes your shovel.

The best part of these toys is - if they get left behind on the beach, you can always make another set!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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