DIY Baby Toy Slot Box

Baby E has been having a lot of fun with a vintage cash register toy, but it’s too hard for her to get the coins into the small slots. So I made some round circles out of scrap wood, sanded them, and cut a few slots into a shoe box. Then the kids and I painted the coins with some non-toxic paints.

She really loves putting the coins in, then opening the box up to see where they went. After a few minutes, my son realized it would be easier for her if we cut even more slots. Nice one! Now she can really get the coins in. It’s really fun to watch her figuring out the different slot and coin sizes. And the kids get super excited when she grabs a coin that they made.

If you want to try making one, you could even use a sturdy cardboard for the coins. Just watch that they don’t get eaten. Also, if you have questions about saws or paints etc, you can always check out My Favorite Tools list.

Happy toy making!


  1. June 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Love your posts. How do you keep your house so tidy with all the things you make? Do you have a huge closet? Do you recycle everything?

    1. June 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, we have a few places where we stash things. A craft bench that holds tons of drawings and paintings. It also helps that we're not totally unpacked from moving yet. ha.

  2. June 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This is awesome! And I was just thinking / needing some new ideas of things to play with Max (we've been stuck inside for almost a week since he's sick). Although I don't know that I could find the time or patience to do this right now! -Tara

  3. June 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

    These are great! I made something similar for my older daughter for a long-haul flight from Tokyo to Detroit when she was that age. We used bottle caps and different sized lids from plastic food containers. We also used the little box to store some of her other things like her baby spoon. It was a huge success! My children are similar to yours in age, and recently I built a fun cardboard box toy for my youngest and oldest to use together. you can see it here: It's basically a large open cardboard cube made from two banana boxes and two car straps. My oldest climbs on top of it, and my youngest puts her toys into the opening in the top and also stores her board books in the side pocket. It's a lot of fun. Thanks for the great post! I love your paint brush stand! Did you make it?

    1. June 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Ah, those big boxes look awesome! Nice one Amber! And yes, I did make that paint brush stand. Thanks! Just used some chicken wire and scrap wood. It's super handy though.

    2. September 21, 2012 at 3:11 am

      The abitily to think like that is always a joy to behold

  4. June 28, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Very creative! I pinned it for when our baby-on-the-way is here. (BTW, I have twins too--and a singlton on the way. All boys!)

    1. June 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Nice Brittany! Yeah, having one baby after having twins is the way to do it! So much fun! (And so much easier!)

  5. June 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Love it. And so simple. We'll try it this two year old can help me paint and my one year old can play with the coins. Or vice versa. Never know what you're going to get :) Anyway, we need SOMETHING to keep us entertained while we're stuck inside with 110 degree weather!

  6. June 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Love it!!! How cute are those tots making something for their little sister - your kids are adorable!!!

  7. Lenka
    June 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    very nice! i did very similar shoe box for my son too, same age as yours lovely E :) he inserts gumm/plastic coasters, but now Ill do something with card coins and different sizes aswell! thanks for all inspiration :)

  8. June 29, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Thanks everyone! Great ideas!

  9. June 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I usually make coins like this from crepe myrtle or birch tree branches. I've used power tools to cut the coins, but I find a bandsaw or handsaw works best. A stamp in the middle...presto, an all-natural coin. Put two holes in it, loop string into the holes and you can create quite the buzzer toy. I'm going to have to make a small box for my second boy like this.

    1. June 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Great ideas! I also went to your website. Awesome projects!

  10. July 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Brilliant! Love this project. The baby is SO cute playing with it :))))

  11. July 7, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I made slot box for my babygirl too. Here it is: Thank you for the amazing ideas!!!

    1. July 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Awesome box you made! And fantastic photos too. Great!!

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  13. Domestica
    July 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Such a cute idea!!

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    My daughter is 3. She really likes making things. I think she would really like this. Cute project.

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