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39 Coolest Kids Toys You Can Make Yourself

Be the most awesome parent ever, and keep them occupied so you can relax (at least a little bit). Or let them help you build it, if you're feeling brave.

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26. This magnetic fishing pole is a super clever idea.

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You'll have to find some old wooden spools. I'm not sure if they'd be worth the effort, but you can decide that for yourself. Directions on Made by Joel.

28. This DIY sandbox is prettier than a store-bought version.

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While they're in the sandbox, you can relax on the back patio! You can find tips and plans on Made. Also of note: add cinnamon to your sandbox to keep the bugs out! Via Parent Hacks.

33. Like Lincoln Logs, but life-sized.

View this video on YouTube

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Make the ultimate pull-apart playhouse. There are plans via Play Scapes for $13.