Rather than throwing away your child’s toys, try these easy DIY ideas to turn them into something new and fun. Not only will it save you money, but it will also help the environment by reducing landfill waste!
Use an Old Toy as a Costume
If you have a toy truck or other garbage truck-related toy that your child no longer plays with, consider making a costume out of it. It’s an easy, inexpensive, and fun way to dress your child up for Halloween!
The trick is to make it look just like the real thing. One easy way to do this is by cutting a few pieces of cardboard, and then adding details and embellishments. You can find tutorials on how to do this online or at your local craft store.
Make a Cardboard Garbage Truck
A simple and effective cardboard garbage truck is a great project for children of all ages. All you need is a large and medium-sized cardboard box, which you’ll cut into two different shapes. The larger box will serve as the body of the truck, and the medium box will be used for the cab. The flaps of the medium box will need to be folded inward and adhered to the large one.
You can then decorate the toy with stickers, paper decorations, and other items. The finished toy will be a colorful and unique addition to your kid’s closet!
Toys Made from Recycled Materials
If you are looking for a toy to give your child that will teach them about recycling, consider buying one that is made from recycled plastics. Toys that are made from recycled plastics do not have harmful toxins in them, so they’re safe for your child to play with and will be less likely to end up in landfills.
There are many great toy trucks on the market that have been made from recycled materials, so it’s easy to find a quality product for your child. Some of them come with accessories that enhance the functionality of the toy and help your child learn about how garbage is collected.
The best garbage truck toys are made from non-toxic, child-safe materials, and they’re designed to be durable and strong enough to withstand heavy play. These kinds of toys are ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, as they’ll be able to play with them for hours without breaking them.
Aside from helping your child learn about recycling, these toys are also a great way to teach them how to work together and solve problems. They can help build problem-solving skills, cognitive development, and motor skills.
Take a Broken Toy and Turn It into a Game
Ripped books and magazines can be turned into a collage craft, or into greeting cards. For a more elaborate version, you can use them to create your own board games.
Transform a Toy into a Spinner
You can make a cute spinner by drawing a fan-like shape on a piece of cardstock. You’ll need four cardstock pieces that are equal in size and color, so you can leave the center of the cardstock attached to each of the blades. You’ll then need a half-round bead below the center to help you spin it.