I just got my girls and wanted to get a variety of toys going so I can keep them intertained and happy. If you have any recomendations on toys or instructions on how to make some it would be greatly appretiated!
For outside the cage (inside as well) I use little cat balls (the jingly type) and cat igloos/snuggle bags (they love them). If you want to up the expense - the scratch jungle gyms for cats are good for them to climb on. Ummm...ribbons (if you have any left over from christmas) are good, especially if you sew them onto the tips of gloves - they can chase after them
The game 'babyfood fingers' is good too - I just use babyfood dessert, coat the tips of my fingers in it and have them chase my hand around. It's uber fun if you've got more than one chasing lol
These are just a few - but check out the Rat Homes section - there have been loads of threads recently with some great toy ideas!
But in cage you can use bird toys with bells (if you don't have them in your bedroom of course ) Wooden chew toys, cat jingle balls, ladders for climbing, hammocks (alway!), cardboard tunnels to play King of the Castle on and to pounce on your sister or brother! cheap toilet paper rolls hung up on a cage to make messy paper fun with as they unroll it and run around the cage.
So many things for our kiddos
Little ones also tend to like "jungle gyms" (as well as the previously mentioned toys!)
I made one for my rats and they love it. I went to thrift stores and looked around my garage for old things to use - all in all I think it cost about $10 - and nailed/glued it all together. I use it out of the cage so they can be supervised.
It is very important, also, that there not be any sharp edges, prodruding nails, splintery wood, etc.