recycling project no. 18 - packaging turned toys

Some big boxes and packaging materials, that I received in the mail last week, unexpectedly turned an afternoon into a very creative one. Once they knew it was ok, the kids snatched everything up in a heartbeat and got to work.


We certainly aren't the first to think of this type of recycling project, but if I don't post it there will be some hurt feelings around here. We worked on these on Friday and all I heard was, "Mom, show our projects on your blog!"



Little C and I worked on making a building. She used crayons to color the top of the garage and the back of the building. I cut the white cardboard 'floors'. She sat at the table playing for a long time after we were done. I love watching her use my old Fisher Price toys.



D took all his materials into his room and just went for it. He didn't even want to bother with scissors, as you can see. He wanted no help and led me to his room for the big unveiling when he was done. It's an obstacle course for cars.



He's so proud of what he made, on his bed, that he hasn't been sleeping in it (totally his idea) for three days straight. I must convince the artist to relocate the 'piece' soon—maybe today.

You can barely make it out in the tunnel, but as you can see Sharpie markers also work as objects that cars can run over.

Sometimes the best toys are the cheapest ones. Aren't they?

EDIT - Thank you to those of you that have posted comments. I've been reading them all to the kids. They are all smiles now. ;)

25 comments:

  1. OMG - can you ask the kids if they can come over and give me a recycled studio??

    I think my favorite might be that drawbridge!! God is in the details!

    Wait - nope - it's the bedroom.

    Wait - no I'm pretty sure it's the fact that she remembered a staircase to get into the condo.

    No - it's the parking garage. Definitely the parking garage...

    XO

    Lydia
    Understand Blue

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  2. Wow, these are spectacular projects! I love the high-rise dollhouse, and that obstacle course for cars is super cool. I have a nephew who would love to be able to make something like that.

    Great work, kids!

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  3. Wowza! Clearly your kiddos have been inspired by your fantastic example. These are so awesome! I love that her dollhouse has your old F-P figures, and I love love love that car obstacle course! So cool! What a treat to see their creative minds at work!

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  4. So cool! Great ideas and oh so fun! Good job, guys. :D

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  5. kudos to the Cardboard Wonderland Constructors ! I can still recall the houses I made with boxes when I was a kid; formative years, those ! I was especially taken by the artistic devotion of your son to his installation piece; who needs a good night's sleep if it means preserving vision ... ! Thanks for sharing this project : )

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  6. These are great! Very resourceful and creative. Way to go!

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  7. God job guys! What is the tower building made from? My kids would love this. And OMG you have your Fisher Price Little people stuff?? I played with these forever and still remember them clearly. Who knows what happened to mine. I wish I still had them, even if they don't have arms!

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  8. It doesn't matter if you're the first or the hundredth to think of doing this -- this is the first time I've come across it online and I think it's brilliant!

    I don't have children, but I still have my Fisher Price dollhouse with the Little People, so I was doubly pleased with your post. Makes me nostalgic!

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  9. What a great idea! I remember making
    doll houses out of old boxes and wallpaper samples. Making the house was more fun than playing with it. Glad to see children with imagination :)

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  10. You're ingenuity has definitely rubbed off! I would have loved playing with that house.

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  11. Great job, kids! I'm going to show these photos to my boys, 6 & 3, so they can build something like it.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas on your mom's blog :)

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  12. Clicked over from Kirtsy and this is just amazing. I mean um...thanks for making the rest of us look bad.

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  13. Jenna - the tower is made out of packaging material I got from a Yudu machine. It has a similar texture to egg cartons.

    Yes, I love my F-P toys. We still have my yellow house, the barn and the garage. They all still get a lot of use. Speaks well for the way toys used to be made.

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  14. awesome! you just really need to be artistic..

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  15. What great ideas! They look like a lot of fun. I showed the pictures to my 3 year old so now I've got to find more cardboard boxes for him!

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  16. Wow, such creative kids! The house/building is very imaginative. And I have a young grandson that would love to have the obstacle course for his cars. I think I will share the idea with him. Great job kids!

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  17. I love that your kids are inspired by what you make and put their own creative turn on it. Is there anything better than seeing our kids in their creative mode?

    You must be very proud!

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  19. fantastic idea-and the fiasher price toys brought back such lovely memories

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  20. The little people toys! I played with the exact same swing and yellow stairs. I can still hear the squeak the door under the stairs made when you opened it. :)

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  21. GREAT JOB ON BOTH PROJECTS!! Lucky you to have those fisher price toys to play with. I miss mine from when I was little. All I have left is the mom with blonde hair and the little girl in blue with blonde hair.

    What project will you do next? You're so creative!! I must tell my niece and nephews about you!

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  22. Awesome! We just had to replace our dishwasher and the box has turned into the most popular thing around (well, for me, i'm most fond of actually having a working dishwasher) but the kids love their new "hideout"! jenny :)

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  23. Brilliant, I love the high rise!

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  24. Just coming upon this wonderful expression of young art at work! The imaginative mind of children is unbeatable! They truly are prodigy of a wonderful mentor!

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  25. Hi -- I'd love to link to this clever post and show your photo as well. May I have permission to do this and direct people to your children's idea?

    Kindly email me at leilamarielawler at gmail dot com.

    Thanks!

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