how to make a toy out of items lying around your house

My friends are coming round and i dont have much toys for their children to play with so please could you give me an idea on how to make toys out of house hold items 

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Kids, will entertain themselves,
Do you have one of following? an empty box, an empty coffee can, an empty plastic bucket? As long as it specifically says "not a toy" then its fair game. I.e no plastic bags.
I dont know your age range, but to a 2 yr old, a 5 gallon water jug is like the best thing ever.
I think to a 2 yr old, a fire hose is like the best thing ever...wait, maybe a circus cannon. No, go with the empty refrigerator box.

Adult supervision required for all watersports. It only takes an inch of water to drown.
i entertained myself with fireworks and matches for the better(and worse) part of my childhood.
But that was a different era, when it was less dangerous to raise a kid.
Yeah, I did that too, but mine were improvised: aerosol cans became rockets (when propped up at the proper angle in a fire) etc. :D
i had to shoot them with a 22 while they were in the fire in order for them to blow up or fly through the air. otherwise the tip would just burn off.
I propped them at an angle, with the bottom "in the hot coals" and the nozzle up and at about a 45 degree angle away from the fire....the emptier the better :-)
That's when US Savings Bonds was a good bet.
Kiteman4 years ago
Give them a pile of bamboo skewers and rubber bands, string etc, then ask them to build something cool.

(How old are the kids? Do you have a garden?)
caitlinsdad4 years ago
1. Are you scared of the kids?
2. Are the kids scared of you?

Best bet is to whip up a batch of play-dough, kids can help if they are old enough. Otherwise, a bunch of crayons, markers, colored pencils, and a lot of paper. Art and origami. Good luck.