No-tech toys upcycle and reuse

Online NO-TECH TOYS

Learn about some of the world's oldest handmade toys made with the simplest of materials like string, leaves, paper, and...skills.  It's a perfect blend of science, physics, and art!  The included slideshow provides endless inspiration for making your own creation using household items and your imagination. And you'll be able to play for hours with something you made yourself.  This workshop can be adapted as a design challenge focused on specific materials (cardboard, plastic, fabric...) or toys (boats, rocket ships, robots...)

Best for ages 7 years +  

Adult help if using sharp tools
60-80 minutes

 

BASICS YOU NEED:

Internet connection

Scissors

Things you can cut like -

Kitchen cardboard: cereal or cracker box/es, egg carton/s, paper toweling/toilet paper tubes

Or corrugated cardboard 

Or manila folder-weight card stock

Tape (scotch, packing, duck/duct, masking)

Pipe cleaners, bendable and cut-able wire or craft wire 

 

GETTING FANCY:

String, yarn, cord, twine

Brass brad/s

Fabric and paper scraps, old toys, electrical parts

Compass point or ballpoint pen for poking into cardboard  

 

BUILD A SERIES WITH:

Japanese American Internment Art (Online)
Fantastic Trash (Online)

Shadow Puppets (Online)