Today I am pleased to have Betsy from BPhotoArt.com guest posting about fun recycle bin creations and ways to incorporate cardboard play ideas into unstructured activity and craft time. And as you probably know, I adore recycling, upcycling, and using materials in new ways so this is perfect!
From Betsy — I’m a big fan of making do with what you have. Whether that’s repurposing things found around the house, reusing or maybe even learning to live with less, the ecofriendly/ecofrugal concept has always seemed important. A while back, I blogged about discovering how wasteful teabags are, and some ways I was making efforts to waste less. My toddler and I have also done a number of crafts that don’t require much, like our patriotic artwork craft, that repurpose something old, like a car seat buckle toy, or that are eco-friendly in nature, like a popcorn garland.
So, it’s not unusual for us to dig into the recycle bin to find materials for our projects. The most recent occasion? We got out cardboard tubes, cardboard, and a bit of yarn. Ok, the yarn wasn’t in the recycle bin, it actually would have gone to the compost. That being said, you get the idea!
I’m all for unstructured play, whether outdoors or in. So, when we covered our kitchen counter top with cardboard materials, the two of us got to work. I made a very well-received cardboard baby mobile for above the changing table, and my toddler decided to make a fishing rod to catch fish.
How to make a play fishing rod from recycling supplies
Well, pretty simple. I had cut a cardboard box into strips of cardboard, about 1/4″ x 12″ using a knife. My son requested I tie a piece of string on the cardboard strip so he could go fishing from his learning tower. He then took some of the 1/2″ rounds I cut from toilet paper rolls, and once semi-flattened, the pieces resembled fish.
The cardboard fish swam around on our floor while my son sat in his learning tower, happily fishing. He even practiced his (very unskilled) knot tying skills so he could proudly show off a fish that he caught.
Even our cats joined in on the fun! The fishing rod later became a cat toy, trailed around the house with a cat in hot pursuit.
Isn’t it amazing the things that little ones can dream up? Creativity is the best boredom buster. And things like this just go to prove you don’t need to buy something “new” for kids to have a good time.
More from & about Betsy:
Betsy Finn, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP, lives with her husband, two boys, and two cats in Michigan In addition to being a full time mom, she has a portrait photography studio and enjoys capturing memories for her clients. Betsy blogs about life as a mom, activities that have caught the interest of her boys, capturing every day memories, and other parenting topics. Some of her most enjoyed posts are:
- Finding Ways for Kids to Discover Nature,
- The ABCs of Photography (an Educational Series for Kids)
- 50 Things You Can Do With Your Toddler While Caring For Your Newborn