homemade toys: spider hotel

October 19, 2010

spider hotel
Who says you have to buy your kids toys? I've found that the toys I make out of trash are Juliet's favorites!

Remember our bottle cap spiders? Well, one afternoon, Juliet decided they needed a hotel of their very own. We looked in the recycle box and pulled out this beer carton. (Thanks, Ben!)

I cut some doors into three sides and Juliet decorated it with some stickers she got in the mail from her great-grandmother.

spider hotel entrance
Come on in!
inside the hotel
We made a few webs out of popsicle sticks and yarn and Juliet added this nice comfy "spider blanket" for them to sleep on.
spider and fly
I thought they might get hungry, so I made these little flies out of puffballs. Juliet will not permit the spiders to eat them, though as the idea of one animal eating another is still too horrifying to her at this point, so they just hang out together and talk.

We have seriously played "spider hotel" every day since we made this. I'm not sure when it will lose its appeal, but when it does, I'll just toss it back into the recycle box and not feel bad about it at all!

Learn and Play the Recycle Way: Homemade Toys that Teach
Learn and Play the Recycle Way: Homemade Toys that Teach
This is a book that I have NOT read, but looks interesting to me. I'm hoping to find it at the library!

What homemade toys have your kids enjoyed?

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Rhonda said...

I love you blog. I love that you use items from your house to create fun that is imaginative. My daughter and I just did the same. She can't play with this craft, but the fun we had was amazing. Thanks for all your ideas.


Minnie said...

Amazing how kids can become fascinated with the simplest things. I love your "spiderwebs." The whole spider hotel is a very imaginative toy. At our house, the handmade toy that gets the most play is a cardboard box puppet theater we made last year. We've actually had it for over a year now and I've had to tape it back together several times now.

Bitterroot Mama said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm going to look for it at our library too!

Kristin said...

That is so fun - it reminds me of the poem/book The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. It might be a little creepy for your little one but my 6 year old boys LOVE it.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Dad brought home a humongo roll of paper from work that was going to be trashed when a large printing machine was replaced, and we use it all the time to create play-scenes. Whether its a city or racetrack for hot wheels, a dinosaur habitat, a preschool for the little people or a restaurant table for the pretend cooking, we draw it on a big sheet of paper and then use the toys we have to play on it. Love that we don't have to store enormous playsets and they can change with B's mood and imagination. And yup, when we're done - it's paper, so it recycles! Looks like a great book to check into!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Um... shouldn't you be exhausted and barely surviving with a newborn in the house? How dare you still be fabulously creative and resourceful. You're making the rest of us look bad. :) Adorable, as always. I can't think of better recycling for a Yuengling box and Dos Equis cap!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Wrote this post in Sept--before the baby was born--all the october posts were pre-written! You're getting old news, people. :) Sorry! I'll be back for real in November.

Silver Rose said...

Love it, especially the flies!!!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Hehehe, the spider hotel is a fabulous idea, oh the creative mind of a child. I love your popstick webs and wee flies!

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