Raid your recycle bin, and make a homemade cardboard construction set:
Building and constructing with recycled materials is a lot of fun. It gets kids using their fine motor and critical thinking skills and its a super way to repurpose materials that are headed for the trash. We love repurposing house hold materials for arts, crafts and homemade toys here in my daycare. It’s good for the environment and the pocket book.
In the past, we’ve made cardboard structures, and styrofoam structures. Last week, when I was organizing my craft cupboards I noticed we had an abundance of sturdy cardboard so I thought I’d make a little something for the hooligans with it.
You’re going to love this idea! It’s so simple to make and it won’t cost you a dime!
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!
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:
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! These boys love a good building project!
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!
Gotta love that! 🙂
And here’s another collection of activities for kids who like to build: Make your own catapults – Kids Activities Blog.
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