When children are bored, there is nothing like contents of a recycling bin to quickly stir up some fun easy projects!
…Or some elaborate ones. It depends on how carried away you get.
Just today, my husband and son spent their evening, pretending that a cardboard box was first a chariot (with Dad as a horse), then a boat (Anselm drew the flag). That was simple! But then a few months ago, they spent several hours, turning a different cardboard box into a pretty detailed SOYUZ space capsule. My husband later admitted he went a little bit over the top on that one.
Anyway, the idea behind all the projects here is that you can make toys from junk. It will cost nothing and often teach kids some basics of engineering.
TOYS FROM FOOD CONTAINERS
TOYS FROM CARDBOARD & PAPER
TOYS FROM OLD FURNITURE
RECYCLABLE TOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS