Sure, there's something to be said for the Hot Wheels or Barbie collection you amassed by "being good" every time you traipsed through a crowded grocery store with your parents. But what about some homegrown entertainment for your own child? You can become a toymaker simply by reusing ordinary household items (see, now you don't have to feel bad about not driving a hybrid).
Simply check out the price tags in any store with "toys" in the name and you'll see just how much money you're going to save. Now, we're not suggesting outfitting your child's toy box with a couple of rocks and a stick. Instead, these mom-fashioned toys are developmentally appropriate and delightfully elegant in their simplicity. From adorably soft dolls crafted from mate-less socks to propeller boats built from milk cartons, you can stockpile toys en masse to entertain your kid from birth to age 3 -- before he or she even makes a debut.