Homemade Cardboard Construction Set

Raid your recycle bin, and make a homemade cardboard construction set:

Homemade cardboard construction setThe hooligans just love building with random materials.  We’ve made cardboard structures, and styrofoam structures, so when I was organizing my cardboard stash last week, I decided to make a little something for them!

You’re going to love this idea!  It’s so simple to make and it won’t cost you a dime!homemade cardboard construction set Now, here’s the funny part.  I was feeling soooo proud of myself for coming up with this, thinking I was being all original, and then while waiting for my photos to upload, I popped over to Teach Preschool’s facebook page, and my jaw actually dropped when I saw that only minutes earlier, Deborah had posted a photo of the same activity!  Heehee!  I’m telling you – we kid bloggers think alike.  I dropped Deborah a  line so we could have a chuckle over it, and it turns out she was inspired by The Chocolate Muffin Tree’s Cardboard Box Sculptures!   Pop on over and check out their painted version.

How to make a homemade cardboard construction set:

You’ll need some sturdy cardboard – stronger than a cereal box so it doesn’t bend or rip easily.

Now, simply cut your cardboard up into squares.  Then along the edges or at the corners, cut some very narrow V-shaped slits. Like this:homemade cardboard construction set pieces

That’s all there is to it! I placed the pieces in a basket and presented them to the hooligans, and I’m not kidding you, they played with them on and off all day long!

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The pieces became structures, animals and vehicles, and they thought that some of the pieces looked like letters.


Fine motor development, creative thinking and imaginative play all rolled into one very simple DIY activity!

homemade cardboard construction set

Gotta love that! :)

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Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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