I am pretty sure all moms can relate to broken toys and loose parts situation. I always feel like I shouldn’t throw them away, because I know there must be ‘a second life’ for those lonely pieces.
So after our junk drawer was almost full we decided to make something out of it. And look what we came up with!
A SPY TOY BOX!
How we made the Spy Toy Box
1. We used firmer cardboard box from the tablet we bought last year. It was perfect because it had a cover and a good size to carry around.
2. We glued all the selected pieces to the bottom of the box. We used Elmer’s All Purpose Glue-All Max.
3. I created this poster and glued it on top of the box. You are welcome to use mine if you like it.
What to put in your Spy Toy Box
Sky is the limit here. In my case it was the “junk drawer” (in which I kept putting things that don’t have use for anymore). Try to choose smaller pieces in different colors. Also, it depends on what you have, but it would be great if you could include something with letters, numbers and different shapes. This would make this game more educational.
How to play with this Spy Toy
We start like this:
I spy with my little eye something green and square. Can you find it?
I spy with my little eye something yummy. Can you find it?
I spy with my little eye number 5. Can you see it?
Then the kids created new ways how to play with this box:
- they closed their eyes and touched the parts. They had to guess what was they were touching. I thought that was genius! It was a really great motor skills activity + it was a good sensory practice.
- they also turned it into a storytelling activity. They started a story with: ‘once upon a time” and then each child would pick an item and would have to go on with a story. I have heard some hilarious stories about blue paper clip that concurred AAA battery with the help of one doll leg.
Why I love “Spy Toy Box”
- it costs you nothing to make it (if you have glue at home already)
- you recycle and up-cycle unused stuff from the house
- kids could help making it
- it could make sweet DIY gift for kids
- it’s a perfect toy for quiet/calm time in the afternoon when the younger sibling is taking a nap
- we took this toy on a road trip last weekend and it worked wonders.
- and of course kids love it
Check out other homemade toys we made. They are all up-cycled and recycled 🙂