There are lots of simple, hommade toys you can make for children! You can make puzzles by laminating pictures (or for something thicker - the front of a cereal box) and cutting them into pieces. The size, shape, and number of the pieces determines the difficulty of the puzzle! You might only want to do 2 or 3 pieces for very young children and more for the older ones! Also you can make a memory game out of paper and stickers (be sure to laminate for durability). For my memory game I put the stickers inside the lids of baby food jars! Speaking of lids, toddlers and twos love to play with various size and color lids. They stack them, trace them throw them, hide them, some will sort them, etc. Lids are awesome for small children! You can also create any number of sorting, counting, or patterning games/toys by using small (be sure it's not so small the children might choke) colored items (like milk lids or buttons - whatever you can find). You can also use empty water bottles with the labels removed to make discovery bottles. Fill partially with rice or oatmeal, secure lids, and then hide small objects in them - the children will have to find all the objects by turning the bottles around and looking for them. You can have a piece of paper with a picture of each object and the children can circle the picture as they find the object. Or you can put some of that plastic easter grass inside a bottle and objects that are both magnetic and non-magnetic. Once the lid is secured the children can use a magnet wand to see what objects they can pull around the bottle and which ones they can't. Various size boxes and containers can be stuffed and covered with paper and turned into jumbo blocks. Almost any container can also be turned into a musical instrument - children love those! You can also use empty containers to make stacking and nesting toys - younger children love these! Socks can be made into puppets. A ball and some partially filled plastic bottles can be a bowling game. The ideas are endless! You can create a toy out of almost any recyclable materials you can find if you just use your imagination!