Yesterday, I blogged about how my kids are outgrowing many toys that are manufactured by most toy companies. In my attempts to look for alternative ideas, I fell in love with “construction” again. To me, construction has always been a way to build things to express my creativity and put my imagination to work. Ever since I was a young girl, I loved creating things with any recycled materials . They are free, or close to costing nothing, and no one will mind when things get broken or destroyed. There are so many wonderful ideas on the web. Anyone can get lost in the moment of just looking at pictures.
Cardboard Box Creations
Still not sure where to begin? This blog can give you some motivations.
This blogger will take you step by step on how to collect materials, how to store them, techniques on how to score, fold, and cut cardboard, what materials work well, and examples on her finished project.
Images That Can Inspire Anyone
I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I hope they gave you inspiration for your project.
The great thing about cardboard creation is that you spend little or no money in gathering materials and when kids are done playing with it, you can just toss it in the recycle bin.
As I was gathering these information, they reminded me of the time when I tutored a boy with Autism. His favorite tinker toy was cardboard. I loved to watch his face light up when I walked in the front door with a shoe box or a piece of cardboard. I did most of the construction but he provided all the ideas and details. He was nonverbal but during our creative process, he made his attempts to communicate. I wonder how he is doing now… he will be in his late 20’s.
I gathered the next group of ideas with Geometry and Engineering in mind. These will be great for school age children.
News Papers or Recycled Phone Book
This one is just an image but I thought this is a wonderful idea for working with phone book pages.
You can build a miniature version of it.
Slotted Card Board Shape
Constructions with shapes.
Constructions with Recycled Materials
Constructions with Food
Grapes, blue berries, gum drops, marshmallows, jelly beans, gummy bears and etc.
They are all fun way to keep kids busy and engaged for long time.
Constructions with Popsicle Sticks
Construction with PVC Pipes and Connectors
Table Activities for Building Fine Motor
Find a broken electronic device and let them take it apart.
Nuts and bolts size matching
Thank You for showing your interest and your comments of motivation!
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