Friday, January 10, 2014

Cardboard Tubes and Circles - Homemade Building Sets

Trace around an empty cardboard tube, to cut circles out of thin cardboard (such as an empty cereal box).

Cut four, evenly spaced, slits into the top and bottom of the tube, about as long as the radius of the cardboard circles... the circles will slip nicely into the slits.

Add more circles and tubes.

You might even want to cut some larger circles just for fun.  Really, more than half the fun of a homemade building set is engineering the pieces in the first place.

Then, you can build... to your heart's content, or until you run out of tubes and circles.

Because the tubes are light and hollow, unlike wooden blocks, it's even easier to build with them on carpeted and bumpy floors.

And when they all fall down, they're much quieter than blocks too.  Making them a good choice for building when Daddy is napping.

Sorry about the gloomy pictures, but we're finally getting some real snow - making for a lovely, if dark, winter's day.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Super cool! You are using a lot of toilet paper and certainly know what to do with leftovers :)

Christy Killoran said...

Very cool!!!

Unknown said...

You have done it again- fun and frugal! I love it!!!!

MaryAnne said...

This is awesome! I have a child who collects toilet rolls who will adore this activity!

Ticia said...

Super duper fun! I've toyed with doing this over and over again, but never follow through on it.