Growing up I very few toys toys, not nearly as many as my peers and definitely significantly less than what my daughter Avery has now. I use to dream of having a roomful of toys. I was a bit envious and jealous of my friends whose parents could afford to buy them toys for Christmas and their birthday. As I look back, I can see that what I lacked in toys I made up for with imagination. I do credit many of the posts in this blog to the fact that I didn't have much growing up, but was able to I make much with the little that I had.
This is a toy that I made as a child, I recreated it so I could share it with Avery. The basic concept is its a "low tech tv" that plays a film strip.
One small cardboard box
2 cardboard toilet paper/paper towel tubes or wrapping paper cardboard tubes (needs to be longer than the width of small cardboard box
1 plastic cover from a toy box (optional - see red toy box "stainless steel play cookware" image below for example)
Scissors or utility knife
|Take box and open it up by carefully pulling apart the glues seams.|
|Cut 4 circles on the sides of the box the same diameter as the toilet paper roll. Cut out a rectangle from the center of the box between the 4 circles.|
|This step is optional. If you want a more realist looking tv you can create one from another piece of cardboard and some plastic film from a toy package.|
|Tape the "tv" onto the box. If you did not create this you can skip down to the next step.|
|Roll up the tube like shown above. insert the rubes into the box and seal up the box using tape or glue. Tape|
|Once box is sealed the tv is ready for use.|