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
Make a Castle from Recyclable Materials
Magnetic Alien Robots from Cans
Miniature Pies from Bottle Caps and Polymer Clay
Dump Truck Softie with Bottle Cap Wheels
Treasure Magnets from Bottle Caps
Sorting Box from Lids and Cardboard Box
TOYS FROM CARDBOARD & PAPER
Jigsaw Puzzle from a Book Dust Jacket
Puppet Theatre in a Cardboard Box
TOYS FROM OLD FURNITURE
Play Kitchen from an Old Shelf
Mater the Tow Truck from an Old Lawn Chair
RECYCLABLE TOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Christmas Village from Cereal Boxes
Gingerbread House Village from Milk Cartons
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