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It is amazing how much children love making things out of old cardboard and boxes - they can create great buildings, instruments and who knows what else just with a few tubs and a bit of tape!  Here are a few ideas if you need some inspiration to guide them:-

  • Rocket: an old favourite made from a kitchen roll tube, some yogurt pots and some silver foil wrapped around it to make it shiny
  • Robot: Always a good one!  Make a robot by sticking all sorts of boxes together, with tubes for arms and legs.  Add a face and cover with foil
  • Buildings: Take a cardboard box, add some cling film squares for windows, a flap of cardboard for a door and another flat box for a lid
  • Castle: Lots of different sized boxes taped together into a castle shape.  Cover with brown paper and draw on some windows.  Add a cardboard box door and some flags on top
  • Treasures Box: Use boxes and lids to create a special treasure box for craft materials or collections of bits and pieces
  • Shapes: Just make any old shape and decide what it is!

Why do modeling?

  • Making models is great for learning about construction
  • Craft helps to develop fine motor skills
  • Craft and model making is tactile, so children get used to touching and feeling different boards, plastics and materials
  • Making things grows imagination and children can choose their own design and structure thus empowering them to make decisions themselves
  • Children encounter problems along the way, so this is great for thinking and problem solving
  • Reusing old cardboard and materials offers a good lesson in recycling


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