When it comes to young kids homemade toys are often just as good or better than store bought and they are much more frugal. We all know that at a child's first Birthday or Christmas they seem to enjoy the paper and box that the toy came in more than the actual toy itself. Below are two things I made for LK. The smaller bottle is a shaker made from an old plastic spice container. I filled it with some beans and lentils from my kitchen and taped the lid closed. Simple and easy. Of all the rattles and shakers we have this one is his favorite. He can see the things inside and he enjoys shaking it around.