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Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt

It’s “Make Believe Week” at GYCT, and we are sharing ideas to fuel your kids’ imaginative play!

My kids are great at using their imaginations, and I love making accessories that they can use in their play. I think a lot of our homeschool history books fuel their imaginative play. And with 4 boys, the play often turns to epic sword battles, exploration of the wild west, and adventurous conquests into unknown lands. For that…they need their “gear.”

Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt | Radiant Home Studio

The boys always have their pockets stuffed with flashlights, compasses, magnifying glasses, and lego “tools”. (And it usually ends up in my washing machine…) I thought it would be a great idea to make them a kids adventure belt to carry all of their gear while they play.

Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt | Radiant Home Studio

For this one I bought two old canvas belts from Goodwill, and a reflective dog collar and caribiners from the dollar store. I cut the dog collar and stitched it to the waist belt in a few places, leaving some loops of various sizes. I made sure that I reused the d-rings in some spots so that they would have places to hang things from the belt.

Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt | Radiant Home Studio

I also left the female side of the buckle attached and made a small loop with the male side of the buckle around their play telescope. Then they can detach the telescope and use it.

Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt | Radiant Home Studio

For the shoulder belt portion, I tried the waist belt on the kids and measured where I wanted the shoulder strap to go. Then I just cut it to the correct length and stitched it to the waist belt. With the thrifted belts and dollar store materials, the whole thing cost less than $5 to make. The kids have had it since summer and they play with it almost daily. Since I only made one, they have begged me for more so they can each have their own. The sewing doesn’t take long at all, but I need to go hunt down some more thrifted belts and other materials.

Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt | Radiant Home Studio

The kids adventure belt has been a great addition to the dress-up box. I love that they use it in so many different play situations. They’ve always got their “gear” with them, and love having a way to carry it all.

(And because I care about the safety of your kids…please be careful when playing with belts! I recommend that you teach the kids not to put it around their necks and supervise younger kids so they can play safely.)

Check out these other blogs for more great make believe play ideas!

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14 thoughts on “Make Believe Kids Adventure Belt

  1. Dana says:

    This is awesome!! Definitely need to make one for my son…and daughter!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Yes! The girls love it too. Mine are more likely to find a way to carry their baby dolls along with them 🙂

  2. Love it! I like that it has lots of buckles and clamps. Perfect for any adventurer!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Chelsea! This is such a fun theme for a blog tour. Thanks for having me!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Love this so much, it also looks like a great ‘harness’ to grab when kids are too adventurous and are jumping off a ledge or something, haha!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Hah! Yes, you could totally clip a leash on there if you wanted to!

  4. Ajaire says:

    Fun idea! Anything they can add their own stuff to is perfect for make believe around here. I know there’d be all sorts of crazy things hanging off of that belt 🙂

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Yes! It works for so many things. They love having a way to carry all their gear! Thanks!

  5. Fabulous! My grandson would love this! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Great! I hope you get a chance to make him one!

  6. Melissa says:

    The adventure belt is so cool, and can be used for so many things. Great job!

  7. Lynn H. says:

    Love seeing toys that use a child’s imagination rather than batteries!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you! My kids are always occupied much longer with imaginative toys. I send them outside to play as much as possible!

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