Encourage your children to be creative and to view their world in new and exciting ways by taking everyday items (that might otherwise be thrown away) and making fun toys with them!
This craft was inspired by an episode of Mr Rogers Neighborhood that my children were watching, in which Mr Mcfeely watched an artist used old scraps of wood to build beautiful sculptures. I thought this was such a wonderful way to encourage children to be creative and repurpose old objects that would otherwise be thrown away.
Reusing items that would normally be thought of as trash to make toys also teaches children to view their world from a different perspective. This is a useful skill for future artists, engineers, architects – builders and makers of all fields.
Let’s begin! You’ll need:
- Various clean “trash” items, such as boxes, egg cartons, paper towel rolls, old plastic cartons – whatever you have on hand!
- Something that rolls well (we used a large cherry tomato)
Start by laying out your items in front of your toddler and yourself. See how they might go together. You can experiment by placing the rolling object inside a paper towel roll or a box and seeing how it moves when the object is flat, and when it’s tilted. Does one move faster than the other? Experiment with each object as if you had never seen that object before.
Once you get a feel for how the rolling object behaves with each item, start to put them together. Experiment with different combinations. When you’re both happy with the toy you’ve created tape it up. Let your toddler drop the rolling object at the top of the toy and watch it make its way down to the bottom. This is one craft that’s sure to bring your child enjoyment over and over again!
What kind of toys did you and your child come up with? Did your rolling object shoot down the toy super fast, like ours? Or did it take more of a winding, slow path down to the bottom? Maybe it bounced down! Let me know in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading!