The next time you have a rainy (or really cold) day and you’re trying desperately to tolerate entertain your children, dig through your recycle bin. Most likely, you have the perfect makings for a fun kids’ activity, art project or game. Since children are designed to enjoy the simple things in life, a toilet paper tube could occupy them for half the afternoon (cha-ching!). Be sure to pat yourself on the back, too — you’re teaching your kids the value of green and encouraging their imagination, all while being frugal at the same time! Here are a couple of ideas to get started.
Recycle bin drum set
Gather the empty cylindrical food containers (butter or yogurt tubs, Pringles cans, etc.), remove the lids, and clean and dry them out. Cut out a sturdy piece of cardboard from an old box into a square or rectangle shape. Turn the containers upside down and arrange them in a nicely spaced cluster on the cardboard. Attach the containers to the cardboard using mailing tape. Hand over the chopsticks to your child and let him play you a set! Warning: This toy produces noise. Lots of it.
Toilet paper tube kazoo
Items needed: toilet paper tube, rubber band, piece of wax paper (or old cereal bag)
This timeless classic never fails to amuse. Cut a piece of wax paper large enough to cover one end of the toilet paper tube. Attach the wax paper to the tube using a rubber band. Ta-da! A simple wind instrument for your child to enjoy. For more ideas on making this project, check out this great picture collage of the girls at Flipflops and Applesauce decorating and creating their toilet paper roll kazoos.
Have you created projects like this with your children? Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite activity using repurposed materials.