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DIY Cardboard Toys Are Good For Parents, Children, Budgets, And The Environment

Originally contributed by • last updated 2/2/2021

boris misevic
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There’s something to be said for those who can utilize a healthy dose of creativity and imagination—DIYers who can take everyday objects and transform them into something extraordinary. 

By repurposing items found throughout the home, the possibilities are endless on what can be achieved if you harness a can-do attitude and have fun.

The pandemic has kept people all over the world indoors, yet that hasn’t stopped DIYers from innovating, creating, and imagining. In fact, it has led many to spend time thinking of new ways to stave off boredom. And this has flooded the internet with some pretty incredible ideas.

Like this mother who has created a budget-friendly and sustainable way to fill her home with toys for her children using nothing but cardboard and household items!

Sydney Piercey
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Sydney Piercey has posted an array of fun and interactive toy ideas on her Instagram using nothing other than what most people would see as trash. The saying, ‘One person’s trash is another person’s treasure’ really rings true on this one. 

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This mom has spent her time at home during the pandemic crafting new toys for her children, and the results are beautiful. 

Sydney has always been sustainability-conscious and mindful of the environment. These cardboard toys were the perfect solution to the question of how to entertain her children during the pandemic and protect the planet in the process!

The level of detail that has gone into the toys is genuinely something to behold, and in many cases, they don’t merely look great, but they’re interactive, too! Sydney tries to include features in her toys to make them more engaging. 

Piercey has constructed everything from a washing machine to a laptop to a cardboard Mario Kart go-kart. The designs feature moving parts and action-oriented elements to entertain her young kids for hours on end. 

Sydney Piercey
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Sydney Piercey
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When you think about it, this makes perfect sense. Toys for toddlers and young children are often replicas of everyday items found throughout the home. If you give them a toy oven, it doesn’t actually work, so why not build one yourself and save money while also reducing waste!

Sydney noticed how much her own children enjoyed the toys, so she decided to make them for other children in the neighborhood.

Many young children become fixated with the most mundane things, like the fridge or other appliances, and Piercey’s cardboard creations allow them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

The toys are ideal for learning life skills and everyday tasks. It’s never too soon to teach children how to use a washing machine, for example. So why not make of model of your exact washer and dryer? After all, they’ll be needing it sooner or later. Maybe they’ll surprise you one day when they’re older by doing a load and taking a load off your shoulders!

Take a look at this very meta replica of a recycling truck. A toy built using the same items the truck that it’s modelled after would normally haul away. Transcendence in the toy game, nicely done, Sydney!

Or how about this cardboard toy laptop? It looks great and has the added benefit of not running the risk of your children causing damage to the real thing! Which, let’s be honest, has become an increasingly essential tool.

The best part is you can create any toy your child wants, or you want to give to your children. All without breaking the bank, from the comfort of your home. And the only tools you need are tape and scissors.

And if they break the toy, which inevitably will happen with any toy, ask any parent, it’s no big deal. Simply make another one, or try something different!

Sydney Piercey
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Creating your own cardboard toys also gives you a way to creatively spend your time doing something with your hands. It can be a meditative break from the screen, a way to unwind after a stressful day, or is even an activity you can do together with your children. It lets them be creative and uses their imaginations, too! 

Sydney Piercey
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Finding new and interesting ways to entertain your children and yourself is a serious plus during these difficult times. We often find ourselves doing things we never had previously during times of normalcy, but these cardboard toys beg the question, why weren’t we doing this before?

The toys serve double duty when you think about it. Your kids will most likely have fun playing with them, but we’ll bet they’re also fun to make, too! If you’re looking for something to do, why not pick up some toilet paper, paper towel tubes, and cardboard boxes, and see how far your imagination can take you. You may just surprise yourself!