slides: Family Matters: Top 10 Toys That Don’t Cost a Penny
Friday, November 23, 2012
We also love gadgets and gizmos but realize kids do not need all the bells and whistles in order to play and have fun. I've added 5 more items to the list--making it the Top 10 Toys for Kids. No batteries needed for the toys listed, just some free time and a little bit of imagination. Assembly optional, not required.
A good stick
My boys rarely return from a walk or trip from the park without a stick. At home, they use them as light sabers, wands, or swords to reenact Star Wars, Harry Potter, Robin Hood, and The Musketeers. And if we are lucky enough to find them on a bridge near a stream, we play Pooh Sticks. Use sticks to make art à la Andy Goldsorthy and Patrick Dougherty or build a small fairy house. We spent hours playing in Dougherty’s temporary stick sculpture at Brown University (pictured here).This magical fortress reaffirms that kids play leads to magnificent things.
More fairy house inspiration: Build It and They Will Come
A big box
What can you do with a big box or bunch of little ones? A cozy house, a rocket to the moon, and a puppet theater are all within reach when you’ve got a box. Read how-to make your own puppet theater from an old refrigerator box or a submarine using 2 boxes.
Tubes of all sizes are coveted items in our house as well. Small ones can be turned into rocket ships or used as a telescope. Tape two toilet paper tubes together to make binoculars or attach tubes to small boxes to make larger space ships. Long wrapping paper or poster tubes can be used for sword play or light saber duels. Tubes are much safer than sticks when it comes to dueling. Although we have never tried it, you can turn small toilet paper tubes into a kazoo (pictured here) with a few extra supplies easily found around the house.
More tube inspiration: Make a Valentine Crush Cracker.
This is the only item on the list that is not free. However it’s relatively inexpensive and offers endless creative possibilities from crafts to engineering fun. Our favorite way to use it? Make wall art.
More tape inspiration: Tape Resist Abstract Painting
Anisa Raoof is the publisher and founder of Kidoinfo, the parents' guide for Rhode Island and beyond.
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