Back in November, we shared how we were able to remix four dog toys that we otherwise may have tossed. We recently did another toy check up. Here's what we had to pull out of the boys' toy rotation and how we put them back in...
Flagged toy: Lumpy zebra stuffy (At least I think it's a modern interpretation of a zebra. It once had a striped mane :)
Solution: I've mended the head several times, but the fabric has been reduced to wisps and isn't worth another fix. But the rest of the toy is solid and has never fallen apart, plus the body has a fun crinkle feature. So, we decided to save this toy by snipping off the head, placing a water bottle (with the paper and plastic parts removed) inside of the triangle body and sewing the opening shut. This made the toy super crinkly, which the boys found especially interesting.
P.S. The water bottle might seem to be an interesting choice, but we've actually bought dog toys with water bottles incorporated in the design - usually hidden in some way, similar to what we did. It's a great noise maker and way to rework the bottles.
Flagged toys: Mostly tough fire hose animal toys (once a frog and fox)
Solution: The boys loved these toys when we first broke them out, but they've since clearly fallen apart. Since it was really only the fabric attachments of the fire hose toys that were shredded, we simply cut all of them off and were left with the tough fire hose sections.
SAVED BY THE SQUEAKER
Flagged toys: A mix of dilapidated toys
Solution: There wasn't much that we could have done with these toys. But (!) some toys (including a few not pictured) still had perfectly squeaky squeakers! And look at that giant squeaky! These can always be used as replacements in other toys, or in making your own simple squeaky toy.
How would you repurpose your dog's toys? For us, it's been a great way to save favorites and a quick way to provide something interesting to energetic puppies :)
P.S. All these toy remixes reminded me of Sid from Toy Story. Anyone else?
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