Make These Toys: 101 Clever Creations Using Everyday Items
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An ingeniously simple and fully-illustrated book for crafting toys from objects found around the house.
This clever guide focuses on fun, homemade projects using materials anyone can find around the house or that can be purchased for a fraction of what a commercially-produced toy can cost. Using everyday objects from cardboard tubing to paper to clothespins, readers will discover how to make such projects as:
• A milk carton balloon boat
• A rubber band banjo
• A cardboard tube kaleidoscope
• An embroidery hoop tambourine
• And more
Perfect for parents and teachers, these projects enable families to spend less while keeping entertained. Because fun doesn't always have to come in a box-sometimes, it's the box itself.
fingers to gently open the seam, then flatten out the box. Cut off the top and bottom flaps plus the front panel. What you have left is the back of the box as the center panel between two skinny sides. Flip this over so the plain cardboard side faces up. Trim the skinny side panels so they are half as tall as the center panel. Trim the top of the center panel into the shape of a roof (e.g., sloped roof, parapets, gabled roof, flat-topped skyscrapers.). Use the ruler to sketch a door in
clothespins or bought them from peddlers who traveled the countryside until David M. Smith invented the first hinged clothespin in 1853. ◆ In 1976, sculptor Claes Oldenburg made a 45-foot-high clothespin sculpture that stands in Philadelphia. ◆ The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, had an exhibition called “American Clothespins” in 1998 that traced the history of the humble gadget. Anatomy of a Clothespin Clothespin People These fine folks are the
other ear, and pinch. Snip the elastic where you’re pinching. Hold a felt mask up to your face and make a dot on each side of the mask, just above your ears. Remove the mask from your face and poke a small hole at each mark, then slip the ends of the elastic through the holes, from the back to the front, and tie small knots. Make the Facial Features On the other pieces of felt, sketch and cut out a variety of hairstyles, hats, eyebrows, noses, lips, mustaches, and beards to fit the
trips before there were handheld electronic games. Seriously old-school. MATERIALS poster board ■ two round transparent plastic container lids16 ■ markers ■ scissors ■ glue stick ■ two round beads17 ■ masking tape With a marker, outline the shape of a lid onto the poster board, then cut it out, being sure to cut on the inside of the line so that the poster board circle will fit inside the lid. You may need to trim it to make it fit. Use markers to draw a face on the poster board, then
whammy diddles. They were originally made of wood. Mama and Baby Bird Whirligig Whirligigs are usually made with a windmill attachment so they spin outside, but in this version, a hand crank turns the mama and baby birds pecking at seeds. MATERIALS flimsy wire hanger ■ needle-nose pliers ■ four rubber bands ■ adult-sized shoe box with lid26 ■ ruler ■ pencil ■ utility knife ■ pushpin ■ scissors ■ markers and/or construction paper, feathers, glue (optional) ■ hole punch ■ two prong paper