Friday, February 28, 2014

5 Ways to Use Cardboard tubes, from my 5-Year-Old

Happy March!  I am very excited to again be participating with a great group of bloggers to bring you Project: Recycle Create.  This month we are working with card board tubes.  I was building a stash in preparation for doing "something" creative when my five-year-old walked in with a whole pile of inventions.  My task oriented side was almost annoyed, when I realized that he had not only done my assignment for me, but had come up with some pretty brilliant ideas!  

 Here are T-Rex's top projects for cardboard rolls.

A great pretend toy.  The clear plastic material is shelf paper remnants.

This is a moving toy.  Simply add a star sticker or drawing, then roll it off the bed.  Use glow in the dark stickers or paint, and you can create a realistic meteor shower!

Who doesn't need a place to keep their favorite stickers?  You can guess what kind have been popular at our house lately.

Another great pretend toy, and T-Rex's favorite.  You might substitute packing tape for the shelf paper remnant and paint these.   Even pretend binoculars present a wonderful new way to look at the world.

This is my personal favorite.  I plan to pull it back out and do some experimenting.  If we hit on anything especially interesting I'll share.  If not, maybe your child will enjoy just playing like T-Rex did.

So, what's your favorite idea?  Most of us have a study supply of cardboard rolls, so check all the great ideas from my co-hosts. 

 If you have your own ideas, link them up!  Later in the month, I'll share a few of my favorites.


  1. Don't you just "hate" when they come up with ideas that were better than yours? lol! You have one creative kid there - these are great ideas!

    1. It is always it is always a little bitter sweet to find one more thing that they can do on their own. Thanks for coming by.

  2. I agree that the pendulum is especially clever! My kids love playing with cardboard tubes.