Works For Me Wednesday – Creative Toys

I know I have not been a real faithful blogger or a blog visitor lately…..this is what happens every spring!  Between soccer, baseball, outdoor yard work, and the 22 days left until school is out this is what happens.  But come summer, I will be back to visiting and blogging more, and I even have a few blogging changes coming that I am excited about.

But for now I am participating in yet another Works For Me Wednesday. As my kids are getting older they don’t really play with toys anymore, but let me just tell you about some of their best “toys” over the years.  These have been things that usually cost us nothing…. cost nothing….is it possible!

I have learned to give the kids things that I was thinking about throwing away, “just to see what they would do with it.”

For instance, I gave them the box our microwave came in, and this is what it ended up looking like a few days later.

cool fort

I have also given them things like old buckets, they filled them with mud “soup” made with fresh leaves and berries.   They have turned an old broom handles into painted light sabres,  a bulletin board into the backdrop for a homemade dart board, old yarn that was braided and looped to hang from The Inventor’s ceiling, old fabric left from a project was turned into several small purses with the use of some fabric glue, a bucket with a hole turned into a great water toy…….I think you get the idea.

There are so many household items that kids can use to play with.  And by giving them these trash “treasures” this allow their creative, problem solving skills to flourish ( yes, I know that last statement was spoken like a true teacher!)

This post was inspired by the latest use of my mom’s beloved garden cart.  She had used this at her house for some time, and then gave it to me.  I often used it to haul food down to the woods when we have parties or campfires.  But it had gone unused for sometime until the kids brought it back to life in this wild way. Now, it is hanging in our tree and is used as a “car swing”, complete with a steering wheel, that was the broken wheel of the garden cart. I love their creativity, and it’s a hit with the neighborhood kids………..and I of course just need to get over the fact that I have a garden cart hanging in my tree!!!

cart in  the tree


  1. That is awesome. You got me thinking about the stuff I have that could be transformed into toys. My oldest turned card board boxes into cash registers so they could play store. I love her creative spirit.

  2. Awesome…my oldest was particularly creative with her play and once turned a large cardboard box into a house….with paint…got all over the basement but who cares? she had a blast and used that house for a couple of years until she “outgrew it”. My youngest used to use small shoeboxes to put her doll in and play “baby Jesus in the manger”…so cute..I loved reading this and learning more about ya!

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  5. that’s really neat, and really creative you know…most kids (mine included) like playing with old cardboard boxes and such. Makes me wonder if I shouldn’t just get rid of some of the toys they have, but never play with. They just lay around their room taking up space and growing dust…hmmm, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Very creative! The garden cart hanging cracked me up. The dayhome kids love cardboard boxes. They inherit them from my costco trips and I just throw them out as they get used up.

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