Some of the easiest hamster toys to make at home can be made using heavy paper or cardboard, popsicle sticks and non-toxic glue. You can also use various forms of recycled cardboard and chipboard for your hamster toys. Remember, however, that your hamster is likely to chew on all of this and if you don’t know where the material came from, you don’t know if it could be harmful to your hamster pet. Printed cardboard may contain toxic ink so don’t trust it unless is specifically says it is safe.
With popsicle sticks you can construct a hamster toy ladder to climb on by gluing several sticks together and overlapping to make the sides, and then adding sticks cross wise with a space between equal to one or two popsicle sticks in width. For a hamster ramp work similarly but glue the crosswise sticks next to each other to make a solid surface and then add another layer of sticks space one or two apart on top of that for a grip surface. To make a hamster stairway use two sticks for each side of the stair. Cut the rounded ends off of the popsicle sticks and use one stick for the up part of the stair and two for the flat part and just keep building.
You can make a suspended hamster platform by gluing two layers of popsicle sticks at right angles to each other. Hang the four corners with natural cotton or hemp rope from the top of the cage. Use rope that is 1cm (3/16 inch) thick or larger so your hamster pet will not be cut by the rope. To make a hamster toy swing glue two layers of sticks making one side half as long as the other and suspend this from only two points above while connecting to the four corners below.
Fold a piece of heavy (index) paper into thirds the long way and glue the long edges together and you have an edible triangular hamster toy tunnel. Glue a triangular piece of paper on one end and you have a hamster tent. The closed end will be a cozy place to nest or sleep. Cut a triangular hole in one side and keep building if you want more length. Cut some small holes in the top for ventilation every six inches if your runs get long.
Cut heavy paper strips about 3 inches wide and glue them to a heavy paper or cardboard base and you can make a hamster maze just like you see in all the science labs. The “walls” will be sturdier if you put bends in them or extra folds where the walls end. Build a second smaller one on top with a hole or two in the base of that one and you will add another dimension. Just make sure that your “walls” will support the weight of the hamster. Make your constructions safe, but don’t be too worried about making them too perfect because they will probably get eaten and you will get to make another one all too soon!
All of these supplies can be obtained at your friendly craft store if you don’t already have them at home. Happy hamster building.