Many objects may seem only good to put in recycling. However, many of them can become for your child novel toys that are cheap.
Before putting things in the recycling bin, why not ask yourself if they could not have a second life and become toys? Here are some examples.
Have fun with plastic bottles
Watering can for the bath: an empty bottle is a wonderful bath toy. Without its cap, it becomes a watering can that your child will like to fill and empty. By drilling several holes in the sides or in the cap, it becomes a colander or shower for your child’s bath duck.
Bowling: with 10 bottles of clear plastic (eg bottles of water, shampoo), make a bowling game. Fill the bottles with some colored water or sand to make them stand up, then close them well. With a ball, your child will enjoy developing his bowling skills.
Bubble, fly away! : Fill a plastic bottle with homemade bubble soap. Then, your child can, using a straw or a key (by blowing in the hole), make beautiful bubbles of soap.
Have fun with plastic containers
A mixing bowl: an empty plastic container becomes a beautiful bowl to prepare a recipe. Only one wooden spoon is missing. Your child can then imitate you and pretend to bake cookies, cake or other treats out of his imagination.
A drum: once spilled, the container becomes a drum and the wooden spoon, a rod. Your toddler will be happy to make a concert.
A gallon of paint: with a brush and a container of water, your child is ready to pretend to paint the driveway or sidewalk slabs.
A mold to make a snow fortress: by packing the snow well inside the container, your child gets beautiful round blocks when he spills it on the ground. By stacking these blocks on top of each other, he can build a small wall.
Having fun with cardboard boxes
A house: you bought a big piece of furniture or an electrical appliance? Your child will be happy to take up residence in the cardboard box that contained it. Openings, made on the sides, become windows; another, in front, acts as a door. A little color and designs made by your toddler will make this cardboard house more attractive.
A tunnel: a box of elongated shape, which opens both ends, becomes a tunnel in which your child can roll his cars. He can also cross it by crawling. If the box is stable enough, it can be used to support a toddler who is taking his first steps.
A means of transport: by removing the top, your child can sit there and imagine being in a boat, a car or even a space rocket and make a thousand imaginary journeys.
A scene: pierced by a large opening on one side, the box becomes a television or a theater. With the handle of a dancing rope or a wooden spoon as a microphone or with the help of puppets, your child becomes sometimes a news presenter, sometimes a creator of shows.
For more ideas, check out our Play with a cardboard box.
Having fun with rolls of paper towels
Pirate Scope: Is your roll of paper towel finished? Keep it and add some decorations: colored papers, drawings, used wrapping paper, etc. And here is your child in possession of a telescope!
Micro: crumple tissue paper and insert it into one end of the paper towel roll. Your child will have in hand a microphone that will allow him to interpret his favorite songs.
Phone: a simple roll of paper towels turns into a phone when your child uses it to whisper messages to your ear.
Have fun with cans
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A battery: put some large cans upside down, then put them together with duct tape to create your child’s first battery. For other musical instrument ideas, check out the Orchestra Flash album.
A pencil holder: with the help of your child, stick a strip of colored cardboard on a tin can to cover it and add decorations cut out of other colored boxes. Your child will be happy to have made with you this pencil holder and to have at hand all his pencils when he wants to draw.
Other ideas of materials to have fun
By making toys and designing activities from everyday objects, your child learns that for fun, it is not always necessary to have sophisticated toys. He also develops the habit of using, for other purposes, objects that have lost their primary function. Most of the time, all you need is a bit of glue, scissors and a splash of color.
Here are some common elements that can be used for games or crafts.
- Carton and wood: milk carton, juice box, wooden stick, egg box, clothespin, etc.
- Plastic, glass, and metal: bottle, jar, and lid, polystyrene tray, plate, glass, aluminum pie plate, hanger, plastic hose end, a spool of wire, etc.
- Textile: wool, ribbon, fabric, a piece of leather or velvet, lace, border and braid, carpet sample, etc.
In nature: pebble, casserole, leaf and dried flower, feather, turf, twig, eggshell. These objects of nature can embellish the collages or crafts of your child. For example, a tree represented by a twig stuck on the cardboard brings an interesting element of realism. A pebble can become a rock or, once painted in orange, a sun.
Do you work wood?
The rejects of your projects, of different shapes and sizes, can become original blocks for building. However, it must be sanded, to prevent your child does splinters. Take special care to remove the bones on which your child could be injured.