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.

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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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