Money Stretcher “Dirt Poor” Toys

Money Stretcher “Dirt Poor” TOYS

Guess I’m still like that. All my life I’ve never had an over abundance of money…And an OVER ABUNDANCE of WANTS.

With a tiny house , mom, dad and 5 kids, dad the “town drunk: and mom over-worked…their never was “fancy stuff” come Christmas. Lucky to have a place to sleep.
Still, KIDS NEED THINGS TO PLAY WITH.

How? NO MONEY!

Well, CREATE your OWN entertainment!

A big box = a FORT / HOUSE / TRAIN

STICKS can become SMALL DOME HOMES when you get to MY age

A Pop Straw = a BLOW GUN…or SPIT BALL “shooter”

Draw or cut from Funny Page Strips “people”, a bent heavy paper “tab” glued at base helps them Stand

PAPER DOLLS = DRAW “Clothing” / cut with TABS to hold /fold to DRESS THEM

Nut Shell boats…with SAILS

Block of thin wood = RUBBER BAND Paddle Wheeler Boats

Hand Puppets Paper Maca’ Marreninetts

And On and ON

ALL MADE BY KIDS!

Paper / Sticks / String / Rubber Bands / Steak Knife serrated knife for saw /
+ IMAGINATION = HOURS OF T O Y S!

Why BUY a toy THAT PLAYS WITH THEMSELVES!? When NATURE / Cheap ‘on hand’ “tools” / and a KID, can BRING TOYS TO LIFE…all on their OWN! ????

WHY ROB your CHILD of the PLEASURE of “I MADE IT!”?

GIVE THEM BACK their BRAIN!

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3 Responses to “Money Stretcher “Dirt Poor” Toys”

  1. AlNo Gravatar says:

    Back in Africa the children made their own toys. Cars, soccer balls and goal posts, Kites(that was an easy one to make), aquariums(even caught my own fish but had to return them once I realized they needed salt water) and my favorite of all…sling shots. Heck even the trees were our toys(we actually became so adept at moving around in trees we played catch and catch in them, no joke) and served as an escape route from stray dogs(one of which was so menacing we named him mbaya which means bad). The locals played football(soccer) bare feet (couldn’t afford to ruin their shoes) and they eventually made me do the same because I would on occasion step on a toe :). I remember one time seeing a cow in our garden(I actually might have herded it in), getting in myself and closing the fence so it couldn’t leave, next thing I know it’s charging in my direction and I’m thinking it’s going to gore me to death but it veers of to the side and actually jumps over the fence(didn’t know they could jump that high) LOL. I could give a few adventures,not quiet a Red Elk or Tom Brown adventure but adventures nonetheless. Once winter is out I’m planning to spend time in the mountains/woods praying,meditating, maybe even spend the night in a tree. Hopefully I “accidentally” stumble across spiritual truths , heck even simple day to day truths and clarity will do. As of right now the wilderness is a strange and menacing but I don’t think this is a time to be timid so I’m going to go on faith. Anyways sorry for going on this tangent but I couldn’t help myself as some of your posts just trigger wonderful memories and ideas for me.

    Merry CHRISTmass

  2. Whale SisterNo Gravatar says:

    To THIS : I too have MANY kites AND MANY
    SLINGSHOTS!!! ( :
    You’ll find the first 3 WILDERNESS ALONE Trips are down right FRIGHTENING. Especially 1 and 2. 3
    “breaks” the fear. Piece-o-cake from there-on-in.
    Ever do KITE FISHING? Kite PHOTOGRAPHY? Oughtta….FUN! Good Luck and GB! re

  3. AlNo Gravatar says:

    Kite fishing and photography sounds like fun and might try them but face mask/snorkel fishing really caught my eye and will definitely give that a try. : )
    The first few wilderness trips will definitely freak me out but it will also be a life changing experience.