Use the Recycling to Make Some Simple DIY Toys!
Do you hoard cardboard recycling at your house? Yeah…I’m totally guilty, too. I have been saving cardboard tubes (aka toilet paper rolls if you want to be specific) and soap boxes for a very long time. And frankly, my stash is getting too big. It was time to do something with them, like make some more easy DIY toys!
The size of the soap boxes make for a perfect building block, so I figured that we could use the cardboard tubes and soap boxes to make a custom set of building blocks. Since my boys love to do anything that involves tape and/or scissors, I figured we could decorate them with washi tape. I love washi tape! We have done other washi tape projects like washi tape art on the light table and washi tape ornaments, but I could easily do many, many more projects using washi tape.
How We Transformed Our Recyclables Into DIY Toy Blocks
- cardboard tubes or toilet paper rolls
- soap boxes, sealed shut with regular tape – you could substitute any small boxes like those for toothpaste, beauty products, or raisins
- washi tape
Both of my boys helped to make these DIY toys, so it was a great craft to work on as a family. Working with tape is also an awesome way to develop fine motor skills in kids, as is scissor practice. Both my two year old and my four year old enjoyed decorating some of the cardboard. They practically spent an hour straight working on five blocks.
My four year old was particularly fond of the numbered washi tape, whereas my two year old enjoyed mixing and matching various tapes. Their finished blocks definitely had character!
While they worked away on their own toy blocks, I made these ones.
Then it was time to build tall towers or fancy houses or whatever else they could dream up. Here is one of my four year old’s towers.
It didn’t take much to transform our recycling into some bright, beautiful building blocks; these DIY toys will certainly inspire lots of imaginative play in the future.