Toys aren’t cheap. So the hubby likes to make toys out of cardboard for our toddler. All you need is cardboard, a knife, sticky tape, a marker pen and some creativity. We both like the concept of “open-ended” toys, meaning it allows the child to be creative and use their own imagination. We always make them together and give Miss A creative input too. This is her cardboard city below. As you can see, she wanted steps going up one building and a slide down another – it can be whatever she wants it to be!
We also like to cut out pictures of characters and stick them on cardboard so she can play with them (toddler-proof paper doll). She will also play with stickers like they are dolls. She is now 21 months and it’s amazing watching her role play and make up stories. I didn’t think she would start so young.
And this above here is her cardboard stove. We just stuck paper on top of a cardboard box and drew on the stove top. Then we cut out the side to be an oven door (it can actually open and close – we cut out a little rectangle hole in the door to act as a handle).
The possibilities of what you can make out of cardboard are truly endless (if you’re stuck, take inspiration from the children’s show Playschool – they are the gods of cardboard creation). The hubby even made a little toilet and sink for Miss A’s dolls all out of cardboard and sticky tape and that is one of her favourite toys. It’s a great toilet training tool as usually toddlers are more willing to use the toilet when you tell them their dolls need to go too!
So there you have it – fun on a budget. And the best thing about cardboard toys? When the kids are tired of them, you can just chuck them out.