Watching Caine’s Arcade has inspired my students to create remarkable things. This nine-year-old boy has created an arcade using recycled boxes from his father’s business while on his summer vacation. What an amazing kid!
Other This You Can Do With Recycle Creations
I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire.
On a day that it’s too cold to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours!
- gather interesting and clean containers from everyday items like: cereal, yogurt, tissue and tubes from empty paper towels and toilet paper
Explain to your child that they can make anything they would like.
One favorite “Recycled Creation” that many kids like to make is a marble maze. Using cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, paper towel and toilet paper rolls your child can make a maze in which a marble travels along a path made by the tubing. They can assemble the tubes in a number of ways but keep in mind:
- That it must start high (like the top of a table) and descend to the floor using gravity otherwise it won’t get the momentum to complete the maze.
- Let them decide on where they want to attach the tubes but help them make the holes to connect the tubes (so the tubes aren’t accidentally crushed). Using masking tape to connect the pieces is easy for most children to manipulate.
- Cut a slit on the top of some of the tubes so they can watch the marble descend! They’ll enjoy following its progress.
- Have them cut out a C-shape at the end of the connecting tubes if the marble must make a turn to help the marble drop into the other tube and change direction.
- Let them decorate the tubes anyway they would like. Stickers and markers are easy to add and gives the maze a jazzy look. If they want to, you can cover the tubes with construction paper before the tubes are attached.